Rush (2013)


Rush (2013)

Written by 
Peter Morgan

Director Ron Howard
Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl

Category    Career,Goal Setting,Motivation& Recognition,Organizational Commitment,Succession Planning      


Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Universum Film AG



Language English
123 min

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This motion picture starts at the German Grand Prix in Nurburgring in 1976. The film follows English driver James Hunt and his industrious Austrian opponent Niki Lauda in their journey to win the Formula 1 championship. Hunt, a confident and talented driver leads an over the edge life both on and off the track. Undisciplined and uncommitted Hunt appears to be drowned by his excessive lifestyle yet shows an immense drive to win on the racetrack. Lauda, a methodical driver buys his way into an F1 team after his wealthy father turned his back on him for not following into his business footsteps. Lauda slowly gains respect from both technicians and management and builds trust and commitment among the group. He eventually negotiates a contract on his own terms and earns the support of the team. We see Lauda visiting the technical team on a regular basis; working with them to build a competent car that will help the team win many races. He leads his team with common vision and goals. His technical knowledge becomes the team’s competitive advantage.

The film effectively presents how team spirit comes from the top. Both racing teams were successful because they were led by highly motivated and talented people with goals and dreams that matched the team’s vision. Both drivers lead their teams by their drive to win the championship. Hunt’s confidence, enthusiasm and motivation to win races at any circumstance had backed him up with a loyal and supportive team. Whilst Lauda’s compelling vision and passion along with his extensive technical knowledge of car mechanics equipped him with a group of devoted technicians and crew members.

The story shifts from one driver to the other, showing how these seemingly different personalities chased each other, both on and off track, to chase their dream. In a sport where there is no scope for error, the two drivers are willing to risk their lives to become world champions. The story also shows how the two drivers found the strength to follow their passion even after the machines failed.

Hazardous weather conditions have had the two drivers confront life and death decisions. Their attitude on risk will determine their future. While Hunt seems to willing risk to race at any weather conditions, Lauda sees his life off the track and must decide whether to quit the race risking his chances to win the championship and his career in F1.

The film had set some bright examples of how motivation is the key to success. Lauda was successful because he did what he loved. He did not stop when everyone said otherwise. He invested his knowledge and passion to build up his dream. Hunt was fast, talented and precise. He was driven and passionate to be the best at what he did. Hunt’s confidence, talent and winning attitude were the key components to his successful career. Both drivers’ teams were positively motivated to support them because they were compelled by their dream.

Bright and brash, the film reveals how the two opponents shape a bond of mutual respect when they put their lives in danger to do what they love.

Contributed by: Maria Georgiou