(Episode 117 of) Cinema Smackdown – Rush

Cinema Smackdown
By Bret Dorman and Kate Peterson and Adrian Cabezas

What drives you to do the things you do? Is it fame? Power? Love? For James Hunt and Niki Lauda, two Formula One drivers, it was their rivalry! Rush is the true story of two men who pushed each other to their limits… and quite possibly came out as better drivers, and people, because of their relationship. Yet does this story warrant a film? And does the film do the intense race scenes justice? For Bret, Kate, and newcomer Adrian, the story may just be a bit more memorable then the film itself. However, there’s no denying the pure craziness that these men were willing to test each others’ limits to, risking their own lives in the process!

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When it comes to racing, nobody does it like good ol’ Mericuh. Europeans may be interested in those fancy F1 twisty turny tracks but here in the land of the free, we prefer our tracks simple. And when it comes to NASCAR on film, no one did it quite like Tony Scott. What could only be described as Top Gun on wheels, Scott’s kinetic energy was a natural fit for the high octane sport. Didn’t hurt to have Cruise in a James Hunt-esque role as an overly charismatic driver (who even seduces a nurse). Here’s a sample:

Next Episode will be Gravity!

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