Rush is based on the true story of two of the most famous Formula One drivers, namely James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Bruhl). The film focuses on the rivalry that existed between the two men whose characters were at opposite ends of the spectrum. James Hunt was a ostentatious, thrill-seeking individual who was partial to alcohol and women, whereas Lauda had a ‘precision-based’, almost emotionless personality. The two personalities naturally conflict both on and off the racetrack and the film follows their rivalry over the 1970s as both of them reach the ultimate level of Formula One. The movie is probably one of director Ron Howard’s best where he does an excellent good job of documenting what drove each man to close to the point of extinction. Highly recommended!
The director of About Time, Richard Curtis, made his name with the iconic romantic comedy, “Love, Actually” and now he has done it again with this truly excellent movie. The story evolves around Tim (played by Domhnall Gleeson) who is told on his 21st birthday by his dad that the men of the family are capable of travelling back in time to an earlier point in their lives. Tim uses his new–found powers to find a girlfriend (played by Rachel McAdams), but becomes obsessed with perfecting every moment in his life with her, so much so that he loses the enjoyment of just living. The movie cleverly side-steps any paradox issues with time-travelling, keeping the storyline light-hearted and fun. For the first half of the film, you will likely find yourself laughing out loud, while the film turns to more emotional heart-breaking issues in the latter half, so much so that you might want to keep a box of tissues handy. About Time is a must-see!
Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, the R-rated science-fiction action thriller starring Matt Damon as a future-world grunt trying to get from teeming, crime-ridden Los Angeles to a space station reserved for the wealthy, finished first at the North American box office with $30.4 million, according to preliminary studio estimates. That’s the third-highest opening for a movie in which Damon was top-billed, after his last two Jason Bourne movies, but well below the $37.4 million earned by Blomkamp’s first feature, District 9, four summers ago, on its way to a $201.8-million worldwide gross. The Elysium budget was also three to four times as high as the thrifty $30 million that the previous film cost.