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“Rush,” Ron Howard’s new Formula 1 racing movie, could be an updated take on the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare, except here the Tortoise is ripping along at 200 mph, too. Working from a script by Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”), the film dramatizes the mid-1970s rivalry of James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), European racers who between them represented the alpha and omega of competitive drive.
Howard creates a vividly engrossing atmosphere of suspense, both in the individual races and in the overall battle for first place on and off the track. In a way, “Rush” is a philosophical drama about the varying ways men move through the world. It’s just a really fast drama.