Race for Glory

The creators of “Race for Glory: Audi vs. Lancia” deserve acknowledgment for their transparency in presenting their “inspired by true events” drama. The film includes disclaimers about dramatic license, invented characters, and explicitly states, “This film cannot be considered a faithful description of facts.”

However, the film falls short of delivering a consistently gripping or compelling narrative. It primarily serves as a competent yet uninspired overview of events leading up to and during the 1983 World Rally Championship, with a predominant focus on Cesare Fiorio, the fiercely competitive manager of Italy’s Team Lancia.

The imbalance in narrative attention towards Fiorio, played by Riccardo Scamarcio, who also produced and co-wrote the film, is evident. Scamarcio not only gives himself the best lines but also commands most of the screen time. While not entirely a vanity project, the film loses much of its intrigue when Fiorio is not on screen.

The film’s most memorable moments involve Fiorio’s interactions, including humorous exchanges with Roland Gumpert (Daniel Brühl), manager of Team Audi. However, more moments of comic relief could have injected life into “Race for Glory.” The racing sequences lack excitement, especially when compared to other racing films.

The movie neglects potentially interesting characters like ace driver Walter Röhrl (Volker Bruch) and nutritionist Jane McCoy (Katie Clarkson-Hill). Röhrl’s complexities and McCoy’s professional relationship with Fiorio are hinted at but not fully explored. The film also avoids clichés by steering clear of a romantic subplot between McCoy and Fiorio.

Fiorio, facing pressure from Fiat, the funding company behind Team Lancia, strives to secure racing victories to boost car sales. The film delves into technical discussions about exhaust valves and engineering but is elevated by Scamarcio’s robust performance. He compellingly portrays Fiorio’s obsessive attitude and winning-is-everything passion, even if Fiorio remains single-minded to the point of tunnel vision.

In summary, “Race for Glory: Audi vs. Lancia” struggles to maintain a consistently engaging narrative but benefits from Scamarcio’s dynamic performance and the occasional humorous exchanges.

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By acinetv