MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

Chris Hemsworth, Daniel BrŁhl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara. Action/drama. Written by Peter Morgan. Directed by Ron Howard.

FILM SYNOPSIS: This action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel BrŁhl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the 1970s Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two men, a distinction reflected in their private lives.

PREVIEW REVIEW: For this non-Formula One fan, this film is much like watching a NASCAR race. The characters, as well as the cars, are good-looking and go fast, but they donít seem to get anywhere. The characters are hedonistic, self-centered and spiritually oblivious. The two male leads trade hostile barbs, treat their women like trophies, and their main goal in life is to be the first to see the checkered flags. The two central characters are very different men, but I couldnít find qualities in either that I found uplifting, encouraging or spiritually enlightening. And the main objective for the film viewer seems to be to wait for the crashes. There are many who will disagree with my assessment, finding the film to be testosterone-fueled entertainment. May God bless and keep each and every one of them.

Director Ron Howard has made some great films, but heís also had his failures. Here he loads his characters with clichťs, and shoots the racing segments with little style, making sure to showcase the victims of car crashes in explicit detail. After one fiery crash, for instance, we see half a body sitting in the car, the pinkish guts taking center screen. And when itís Niki Laudaís turn to get trapped in a fiery blaze, we expect to see his charred face in many a follow-up close-up. Sure enough.

Rush isnít so much about the sport of Formula One racing as it is about these two men. And certainly, that is necessary for a drama. After all, this isnít a documentary. But I didnít like the main characters. And I donít like looking at a famous movie star who has it all, only to hear him profane Christís name time and again. A man who profanes Godís name on screen reveals his inner nature. Not just the characterís, but his own as well.

Profanity seems to have little spiritual significance not just for moviemakers, but for many moviegoers. In Exodus 20:4 it is proclaimed, ďYou shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.Ē Yet, despite biblical ordinances, in a huge number of films, Godís name is often followed by a curse. If you include the misuse of Jesusí name in that instruction, then the number of films that defy Godís directive jumps to a majority.

Whenever I feel those involved in a movie are anti-God, the film often doesnít sit well, no matter how proficient they are at moviemaking. Itís kind of like eating a great meal while having to watch someone vomit.

Oh, yeah, they vomit in the film. Lots of times. Ummm-ummm-good.

Rush is rated R for obscene and profane language, nude sexual situations, and scenes of bloody injury and death.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Crude sexual comments and name calling.

Obscene Language: Objectionable language sprinkled throughout.

Profanity: One of the leads misuses Christís name on several occasions.

Violence: Fiery car crashes.

Sex: Graphic sex scenes.

Nudity: Male and female nudity.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Drinking and drug use; smoking.

Other: None

Running Time: 123 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and up

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