Rush - Review

Back in 1977, Ron Howard made his directorial debut with a low-budget, high-octane car-crash comedy called Grand Theft Auto. As first impressions go, it did not signal the second coming of Orson Welles. But the freckle-faced former Happy Days star radiated an infectious delight in smashing as many roaring muscle cars as he could get away with. Since then, of course, Howard has become one of Hollywood's most consistent and respected filmmakers, crafting well-made crowd-pleasers that tackle more highbrow subjects. But judging from his white-knuckle new film, Rush, he hasn't outgrown his youthful sweet tooth for four-wheeled mayhem. He still has hot rods and the death-defying men who drive them on his mind.

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