DURATION: 122 minutes
A movie about Formula One drivers opening now?
Surely this is a blatant cashing-in on the same race just held here.
But believe it or not, its release during this period is a coincidence because several countries are releasing it now as well.
So it would be unfair to dismiss this exciting, brilliantly photographed work as tie-in merchandising, especially not when the names attached to it include screenwriter Peter Morgan (nominated for Oscars for Frost/Nixon, 2008, and The Queen, 2006) and director Ron Howard (also nominated for an Oscar for Frost/Nixon and winning one for A Beautiful Mind, 2002).
The screenwriter leaves the characters' dubious likeability issues to director Howard and lead actors Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, to transmit the humanity of the roles in small moments of vulnerability.
For the racing scenes, Howard puts the viewer inside the driver's seat and the ride is exhilarating.
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