Rush is about the rivalry between two Formula One drivers, James Hunt and Nikki Lauda. Hunt is a handsome brit who likes partying, while Lauda is obsessed with technical perfection, but they are both committed to racing. The bulk of the story takes place during the 1976 season, though the rivalry starts years earlier, when both are young fledgling drivers.
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During the first few races, Nikki takes a commanding lead, and Hunt's marital problems, contrasted by Lauda's happy relationship, take their toll.
One of the turning points of the season is the German Grand Prix. Lauda wants the race cancelled because of the weather, but, at Hunt's urge, the race continues. Nikki's reluctance proves well founded when, in an incredible scene, his car flies off the track and catches fire. By the time he is rescued, Lauda has massive life threatening burns and is taken to the hospital. Over the following weeks, the bedridden Lauda watches as Hunt wins race after race. Ignoring medical advice, he is determined to get back in the driver's seat.
The season climaxes at the Japan Grand Prix. Rain is pouring on the track, and the season points tally barely separates Nikki and James.
During the race, Nikki thinks about his life, his wife and decides that the risk is not worth it, so he pulls out of the race. James wins the championship and celebrates for a year's worth, feeling content. Nikki meanwhile is as determined as ever to become champion.
Best part of story, including ending:
This story shows the good and bad sides of rivalry. It pushes you to improve constantly, but it can also ruin you. It's important to know where your priorities lie.
Best scene in story:
The German Grand Prix scene is excellent and shows the competitive nature of the two drivers. Amazing visuals and editing.
Opinion about the main character:
Obviously the two characters have very different personalities, with Nikki's incurable ambition and Hunt's fun-loving attitude, but the passion they share brings respect between them. This is perfectly illustrated by the ending.