Rush (2013) – Niki Lauda’s Grand Portrayal

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Niki Lauda, legendary Austrian F1 driver and 3 time F1 World Driver’s Champion, passed away in his sleep on the 20th of May ’19. He was 70.

The movie rush that premiered when he was 63, depicts the struggles of the race-car legend turned millionaire owner of Lauda Air and more recently, Niki. Niki Lauda has himself said in an interview that this movie is a whopping 80% accurate depiction of the real-life incidents that happened.

The movie Rush is shown as a fight for power between two major drivers at that time, James Hunt and Niki Lauda. During their struggle to overtake the other and be deemed the best, Niki finds love and there are a few scenes that could be called the key part of the movie that shows what a terrific driver such as Niki is capable of and how honed his senses were when it came to cars.

The scene is set when Niki finds himself very ironically needing a lift in the middle of what seems to be nowhere and Marlene Knaus, Niki’s soon to be fist wife, shows up with her car. A few moments later Lauda comments on the weird noises the car made and made accurate predictions on the precarious condition the car was in. Marlene wrongly gauged Niki’s expertise in the subject and the car ends up breaking down much to her surprise. And this time when they both ask for a lift in the middle of nowhere, its Niki who is able to score a lift and not Marlene, a beautiful dame such as her.

Another eye-catching scene was how Niki Lauda trained himself mentally before a race. He would lie down on his back with his eyes closed to visualize the track he was about to conquer. Sort of like, a race-car driver’s version of meditation. This scene too had impressive camera angles and lighting.

The whole movie is set in very soft colour tones and sets a mood of nostalgia.

The movie very accurately captures Niki Lauda’s life just before, during and after the 1976 Nürburgring crash. The actor who portrayed Niki Lauda, Daniel Brühl has shown stunning performance while portraying the struggles of recovery Niki went through.

This was the near fatal incident because of which Niki suffered serious injuries and scars to his head and most of all his right ear. He always wore a cap henceforth and refrained from choosing extensive reconstruction surgery. That itself is a mark of self-confidence. The bravery he showed during his recovery phase is absolutely out-of-earth and he came back to racing a mere 6 weeks after the accident with fresh burns still on him.

Niki Lauda stands as a statue of strength and perseverance. His passion for racing and the bottomless elixir of willpower that he had will not be forgotten. Thank You Sir.

RIP Niki Lauda (1949- 2019)

Final Verdict

This movie is an absolute must watch, and the background scores are on point, given that they are by Hans Zimmer, it had to be so.

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