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Chris Hemsworth Goes Crash, Boom, Kerplow in the Trailer for Rush. Does It Pass the Insanity Test?

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | April 8, 2013 | Comments ()


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I forget which review, but Dan Carlson once wrote a very apt description of Ron Howard: He has absolutely no personal style. No signature shots. Nothing that distinguishes him. If not for the fact that his name were on the credits, you'd probably never know you were watching a Ron Howard movie. That's not entirely to Howard's detriment, however: He stands out of the way. He lets the screenplay and the actors do all the heavy lifting. Howard is a good organizer, and if he has a good script and a solid cast, he can make a good (but almost never great) film, but Howard is not the guy that's going to salvage bad writing.

It's hard to know what to think of Rush, the first mainstream racing car film we've seen in a while. It's based on the true story of the Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life, and it's got a solid cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, two "Game of Thrones" cast members (Natalie Dormer and Tom Wlaschiha), Daniel Brühl in the lead role, and Olivia Wilde. The trailer looks like a Ron Howard trailer: , which is to say: Totally competent! It could go either way.

Unfortunately, I cannot see a racing car anymore without thinking of The Insanity Test.




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  • dee

    james hunt is rolling in his grave. blasphemy

  • Strand

    I'm always amazed at how well life has gone for Ron Howard. Richie from Happy Days is now directing really solid movies? His daughter is the improbably sexy Bryce Dallas Howard?

  • junierizzle

    Back Draft is pretty great, sir. “Look at him. That's my brother God damn it."

  • Buck Forty

    I still remember watching the race (live) that killed Ayrton Senna. It was quite surreal, I'd never (at that stage, later my father died in front of me) seen anyone die before. He drove into a wall and the car stopped and there was no movement. TV cameras normally zoom in on an accident but this time they did the opposite and pulled back. It was 20minutes before the TV commentators confirmed he was dead, but everyone knew it straight away.
    Formula One was very dangerous back then, as this Wikipedia entry details:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

  • Uncle Mikey

    This movie could be fucking amazing. James Hunt was one of the last truly free spirits in F1. He banged groupies minutes before races, was seen doing blow before a race by a reputable source (Max Mosley, then an engineer and later president) and spent the two weeks after winning the championship nailing British Airways flight attendants with his buddy British motorcycle racer Barry Sheene. Then he married a British socialite, decided me had made a mistake, and sold her to Richard Burton for $1 million. Hunt divorced his wife in Kenya the same day Burton and Liz Taylor did and Burton and Hunt's wife ran off and got married. Those people knew how to party.

    Hunt and Lauda were teammates that year and their story really was/is amazing, especially Lauda's. I'm excited to see it.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Free spirit? More like a complete asshole.

  • annie

    All I got out of this is Chris Hemsworth drenched in water and Olivia Wilde for 0.3 seconds. I'm in!

  • Cazadora

    Damn, but these kinds of movies bring out the serious redneck in me. I've hung out in many a pit, walked most of the tracks in the Southeast and driven cars so fast that I could feel the centrifugal forces trying pull me off the track and into a spin if I even thought about backing off on the accelerator at the wrong moment.

    Also watched the BF walk away from a serious accident...which led to some pretty powerful sex...but that's another story for another time...

  • Mrs. Julien

    Is it "another time" yet?

  • Cazadora

    Ahh, left myself a little open on that one...it was turn #1 at Road Atlanta, only about seven laps into the race. I was sitting on the grass next to one of the pit crew when another driver took the turn too fast and went into a spin, hit the wall, crashed into D (who had been right behind and trying to pass) flipped over and landed in the infield. D also spun out, but his car didn't flip. Anyway, this basically happened right in front of me and amazingly, I didn't freak out -- though the pit crew guy said that I reached over and grabbed his thigh so hard I left bruises.

    As for the sex part, let's just say that I couldn't keep my hands off D for the rest of the day and I'll leave the rest up to your imagination.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Thanks!

  • So, will Olivia Wilde kill this one too or will Thor be able to save the day? ;) lol

  • Zirza

    Hemsworth can kerplow me anytime.

  • A man is not amused by the insanity test, nor by Hemsworth getting the action with the ladies.

  • lowercase_ryan

    So I'm sane and not amused. Good to know.

    Also: Senna

  • toblerone

    +1 for Senna.

  • Vi

    Even for someone that's not particularly interested in Formula One, I found the Senna documentary absolutely engrossing.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Maybe this will give Daniel Brühl the international recognition he deserves.

  • Zen

    Days of the God of Thunder.

  • e jerry powell

    Le Man's Parts.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Thormula One?

  • Zen

    I didn't laugh at the test. That damn crazy frog just got a little shrill for my liking - I imagine that makes me the sanest person this side of the sanatorium.

  • Jay Pausner

    If this does well, will David Cronenberg's long gestating script Red Cars get made, about the actual death of F1 driver Wolfgang von Trips? I hope so

  • Guest

    Ron Howard? No thanks.

  • And that movie looks painfully uninteresting, but damn, Chris Hemsworth is pretty.

  • e jerry powell

    It could go Top Gunn-ier. Or is that Days of Thunder-ier?

    STEVE McQUEEN AND NOBODY ELSE.

  • I lasted two seconds on the test :(

  • Maguita NYC

    I started laughing when point 3 popped-up.

    Damn you Dustin, you're ruining race-car movies forever. You know what I'll be hearing every time "Start your engines" is uttered? RiiiiiingadingdingdereginRiingddingdingpcheuwbaummbaumm...

  • Maguita NYC

    There is a certain burr quality to Thor's sexy speech pattern that drives me crazy! That and his big manly arms holding babies.

    Also, ever since Jacques Villeneuve in the 90s, I've been a mad F1 fan so will definitely watch this.

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