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Rush: A Cinematic Masterpiece

By Joseph Cha on October 1st 2013

There were a lot of great movies that came out this year, but the one that stands out the most to me is Rush. Rush is a cinematic masterpiece, and it’s command over visual aesthetics and camera motion propel the story and immerses the audience in the rivalry of James Hunt and Niki Lauda.


Rush is based off of the 1976 Formula 1 racing season and focuses on the rivalry between James Hunt and Nikki Lauda. Director Ron Howard says “It’s set in the 70’s, a very sexy, fascinating period in global history and I really believe that using today’s cinematic technologies, we can really make something that cuts through to audiences”.


The close up shots of Lauda and Hunt pull us into the ambition and focus of our characters.


These beautiful slow motion cinematic shots show the excitement of the teammates, the treacherous downpour, and the sheer power of a Formula 1 car.


The over the shoulder shot shows us what it’s like the be in the drivers seat. Niki Lauda see’s the accident and his reflexes save him. When the camera angle switches to the wider shot we see just how dangerous this crash is.


“It was epic. It was dramatic, dangerous, terrifying” – Ron Howard

Ron Howard did an excellent job portraying the rivalry, the period, and Formula 1 in this beautiful film. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor, and go watch this beautiful movie.

“The closer to death you are, the more alive you feel” – James Hunt



I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

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  1. antonio

    I saw Rush and I highly recommend it. You don’t have to be a racing fan at all and it has enough drama and masterful acting for both guys and girls to thoroughly enjoy. This movie is f-cking amazing!

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