Run Lola Run
Every second of every day you're faced with a decision that can change your life.
Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manny. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. She has 20 minutes to raise this amount and meet Manny. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola's run.
The December Challenge: Film 10
What if I told you that I knew of a film that explores the battle between free will and determinism, deconstructs both luck and chance as two very distinct concepts, examines the effects of chaos theory, and briefly flirts with the supernatural, all in an accessible and highly entertaining way? What if I then told you that said film accomplished all of these things, and much more, within a running time that falls just shy of 75 minutes? If you’ve never seen Run Lola Run before, you’d either think me a liar or mad. Whilst the second of those accusations may well be true, that is nothing more than coincidence because the film I’ve…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Gets better everytime. At only 75 minutes it truly is "all killer no filler".
Oh my days.
Why have I only just watched this?!?
It's literally been in my possession in an unofficial 'to watch' pile for about 2 years and something I've been meaning to watch since '99. Why on earth didn't I get more proactive?!
Anyway, I've finally watched and I love it. It's vibrant, fast, unbelievably 90s European in tone, doesn't outstay its welcome at just 80 minutes and plays out like a video game with its numerous attempts at getting Lola to Manni safely.
I like the mishmash of bold styles from the director; cartoon, polariod snaps detailing secondary characters possible lives, dual screens etc all accompanied to a cracking score. Franka Potente is amazing and watching her run, for a bloke, is a bit of a joy. She has a lovely bum!
After nearly drowning in the trendiness of this picture when it was first released, I decided to go back and give it another look. It’s definitely a movie that values style over substance, but the story is much more interesting than I remembered. It’s enough to keep you wanting to wind through the plot. And wind you will.
15 years ago this was a film people talked about in the same awed tones that people had talked about Pulp Fiction a few years earlier, the way that people talk about films like Memento or Inception. And it really was a brilliant and simple idea.
It dropped on America like a bomb and took over where Danny Boyle's early work left…
This gets my heart racing every single time. Oh, the soundtrack is just perfect.
"Well, we all have our bad days."
"Run Lola Run" came out during a period when lots of unique and truly fantastic films were opening up in theatres. Luckily for Lola, it was equally unique and fantastic, ensuring that it didn't get buried. Tom Tykwer's wild film, so thoroughly infused with energy and style, took a simple tale of a woman trying to (quickly) raise money for her boyfriend to ensure he doesn't get killed by the gangsters for which he works, and gave it a philosophical bent when he decided to write it in almost a video game style where we see the same situation play out three times. It's an absolutely fascinating film to watch and a very…
We all know Bugs Bunny should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque. But what if he had? Things would have turned out very different. That's the basic premise, and theme, of Lola Rennt. What effect do Lola's actions have on the future? What is the role of chance? Of luck? Can you hit the reset button and give it another go? And what would happen if you could?
It's a fun, fast paced film, done with technical skill and lots of "gimmicks" - animated sequences, speed ups and slow downs, split screen. I really liked Franka Potente's portrayal of Lola, though I did wonder what she saw in Manni. You don't really learn a lot about him, about what makes him the guy for her that she is willing to do all this for. But maybe you don't need to. It's still a good film. Recommended.
A stylish, fast-paced thriller about chaos theory, free will, and determinism, Run Lola Run is in equal parts entertaining and thought-provoking. Admirable performance (and a sweet color palette) from Franka Potente, tight direction from Tom Tykwer, and a bouncing soundtrack to boot.
Film #11 of Eighty-Eight Favorites
Manni: "What happened to you? Did you run here?"
This was a terrible exercise video.
Entertaining from start to finish with a fun style and interesting enough plot.
A bizarre blend of pretentious pomposity and mindless action that I'm really unsure I liked. I'm sure I liked bits of it, but I'm not sure I was crazy for it as a whole.
Despite the fast paced title of the film, Lola really takes forever to get to places and a lot of the film feels hollow, despite the rapid nature of the creative plot getting thrown at you. But I think the main issue that left me lukewarm on the whole thing was the ending was just a bit anticlimactic.
But of course, I like the play with conventional narrative space and it's domino effect gimmick (although at the start of the film, it hints at far wider…
Nice concept, decent execution.
Run Lola Run focuses on Lola, trying in 20 minutes to get 100,000 German Marks so her boyfriend, Manni, can pay his mobster boss, or else he will die.
The film is seperated into 4 20 minutes segments:
The first is the prologue, setting up the film and objective
And three different runs Lola does to get the money.
Each run is started differently, the first a dog makes Lola run faster, the second the dog's owner trips her, making her go slower, and the third has Lola jump over the dog.
Each of those actions causes Lola to meet and interact with different people in different ways.
This is a very nice idea, its just…
Una simple variación puede cambiar en gran manera muchas cosas. Aquí te lo demuestran con un ritmo y un estilo excelente. Te atrapa desde el principio y hace que te metas y vivas las carreras de Lola. Es muy interesante y entretenida, y trata sobre mucho más de lo que se ve en pantalla.