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The Hack Stamp: RUSH

by Scott Renshaw
- Posted // 2013-09-27 - As already happened earlier this year with Furious 6 and Turbo, Rush has brought the Hack Stamp-ers out in force to rev up their lazy reference-producing engines.

Many of them couldn't get past the mere title of the movie:

“One thing’s for sure with this film: You carry the Rush out of the theater.” – Tom Long, Detroit News

Rush is just that -- a rush, and a film that is sure to get audiences' engines going.” – Mike Scott, Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

“… let’s all agree that the climactic, epic competition in the heavy rain is a, well, rush.” – Mara Reinstein, Us Magazine

But there are plenty of other car/racing metaphors for the enterprising hack to employ:

“…if you give Rush the opportunity to take you for a spin, I think you'll be glad to go along for the ride.” – Jim Judy, Screen It!

“By the time the final lap of Rush starts, we’re up for the ride.” – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

“Ironically, the topic is fast, but Howard's movie doesn't get off the starting line that well.” – Gary Wolcott, Tri-City Herald. (Mr. Wolcott, a Hack Stamp stalwart, also earns credit this week for his Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 zinger, "I ate it up.")

“…the prerequisite squealing tires, roaring engines, squealing and roaring fans, and two tough rivals drive Peter Morgan's serviceable screenplay into high gear. … Its two stars elevate this quick-start feature with clearly drawn characterizations possessing such conflicting contrasts that they act as dramatic additive fueling this story.” – Dann Gire, Daily Herald (Ill.)

“…steered by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard with the dramatic velocity of a Formula One race car. … uncommonly well-rounded entertainment taking the checkered flag.” – Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times

Rush is a fast-paced tour de force that will entertain audiences until Ron Howard waves his checkered flag…” – Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

But by the time they've all circled the track, folks, this work of art has left them all in the dust:

“Ladies and gentlemen, start your ticket buying. … No doubt the racing is the high-octane fuel that powers the story, but it’s the dueling personalities on opposite sides of a shared death wish that puts Rush on the pole for the upcoming Oscar race. … It’s quite a ride, too, with Howard firmly gripping the wheel, avoiding all the sentimental pot holes that have pocked his road to greatness. Rush is simply his finest film to date, and the only thing checkered about it is the flag signifying his glorious victory.” – Al Alexander, Patriot Ledger

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