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5 reasons why you need to watch Rush online now

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl star in Ron Howard's film about the epic rivalry between F1 greats James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The film about one of sport's most exhilarating stories - available to watch online now without a subscription via blinkbox - is a tale of sex, fights and a race to be world number one.

Here are five reasons to head back to 1976 and watch Rush right now.

1. A must for all sports fans
Even if you aren't much of a Formula 1 buff, this is a story that transcends sport and is almost too far-fetched to believe at times, but it happened. Like a marathon tennis match, the 1976 F1 championship came down to two geniuses head-to-head, and went to the wire, both on and off the track.

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2. It has a kick-ass soundtrack
The film has a 1970s nostalgic feel to it throughout, especially its use of awesome classic glam rock tunes. Thin Lizzy, David Bowie and Slade all feature, and they really ramp up the action as the supercars zoom their way around the track. Even Mud get an airing. You'll find yourself stomping your feet throughout.

David Bowie with his Rolls Royce, May 1973

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David Bowie

Slade in 1973

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Slade


3. Daniel Bruhl's Oscar-worthy performance
It is a shame that Rush has been overlooked at the Oscars, as Bruhl's portrayal of Lauda is particularly impressive. Not only does he look just like him, but his harsh and stoic performance mimics the F1 giant perfectly. Hemsworth also provides one of his best roles to date.

'Rush' still

4. Stunts and crashes
As you would expect from an F1 movie, there is plenty of high-speed action. The stunt sequences are very powerful, especially as the drivers get super close as they battle for pole position. The infamous Nürburgring is tackled with great effect, and it feels like you are right there on the track.

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5. It has plenty of great supporting players
Olivia Wilde shows off a surprisingly believable British accent, while there are brilliant appearances from Pierfrancesco Favino, Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer, Stephen Mangan and Julian Rhind-Tutt among others. There's even a Murray Walker-style commentator.

Olivia Wilde & Chris Hemsworth in 'Rush'

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