Middle of the 70th. In the races "Formula-1" two irreconcilable rivals – British James Hunt (Chris Hemsvort) and Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel Bryul) met. For a long time their competitions on racing routes have rigid character, but only in 1976 the destiny disposed so that both racers had equivalent cars. On an equal footing, to win a victory, it is necessary to show new traits of character. After to arrival it is started, back the way is not present. The winner will be only one.
Shootings were carried out both on operating autodromes, and on the routes which have been "made up" under autodromes of the middle seventieth
The real cinema about "Formula-1" very much did not suffice. There are, of course, both classical pictures, and stories about the American body races, even very close to a formula, but "Racer" imagined more from Stallone is. And here the real thoughtful cinema about «the queen of motor racing» was not. Why? It is obvious, because the formulichesky world is extremely many-sided – even the World Cup will stretch on two tens stages, and oppositions of racers are stretched sometimes for three-five years. Thus intrigues are fastened in teams and between "stables".
It everything is madly interesting, full of surprising collisions, fascinating antagonisms and beautiful victories, but is absolute неэкранизуемо. Anybody from the audience who has not been involved in a subtleties of tactics of Pit stop, a train of the Grand Prix or qualifying arrivals, will not wish to waste time in a cinema hall or at the TV on infinite tables of results where the winner from the lost is separated by shares of seconds.
Ron Howard went some other way – it isolated the one and only personal opposition from all history of an auto racing. Moreover, in this opposition isolated one season, and in a season – only two races. Key, certainly, but sharply narrowing the review. And therefore action escapes from the closed ring of the racing route and covers private life of rivals.
It is necessary to tell, Howard picked up characters fine – the 70th were years of blossoming of "Formula-1". Racers were where is closer to rock stars or actors of the first size, than to the athletes who are spending the day and spending the night in gyms.
Hunt personified generation of the pilots living in continuous search of a side between speed and death. No wonder that this era was accompanied by a set of death – madmen were as are uncontrollable, so and are fragile. Lauda, on the contrary, became a harbinger of a theoretical approach to the race, continued then Alain Prost and Mika Hakkinen. Lauda opposed to passion cold calculation.
For shootings original cars of the Formulas-1 teams and working copies of race cars of those years were involved
On this opposition the picture – the playboy and the rake changing women as gloves also is under construction, living every day as the last and ready at any time to accept a call James Hunt against the prudent, pedantic, cold Niki Lauda preferring stability both in private life, and in racing fight. The destiny to both gives the chance to take a detached view of itself – Howard twirls by heroes Hemsvorta and Bryulya so that the viewer to the ending cannot be defined, about whom from characters to worry. And in it the picture reminds racing arrival – the leader changes from a circle to a circle, but each of pilots keeps chance of a victory to the most finishing tag.