Rush: Faster, Thor! Kill! Kill!

by Ethan Alter September 20, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Rush</i>: Faster, Thor! Kill! Kill!

Ron Howard's 22nd feature film, the Formula 1 racing drama Rush, also has the distinction of being his first independently financed vehicle since his days toiling for self-made B-movie king, Roger Corman. But don't get too excited, sports fans -- Opie hasn't gone all Harmony Korine on us. Although produced outside the studio system within which Howard has been ensconced since the early '80s, Rush (which is being distributed in the U.S. by a major) is as mainstream a movie as they come. Still, if it isn't exactly innovative on a formal or narrative level, it does remind you that, when gifted with a particularly strong piece of material, few journeymen directors can craft more skillful commercial crowd-pleasers than the maker of Splash, Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind.

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