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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.
Decades Project: 2/9 of the 90's
"The ball is round, a game lasts 90 minutes, everything else is pure theory. Off we go!"
Manni, a small-time criminal, finally gets the big-time job that means he's beginning to gain his boss's trust. This is the test to see if he's worthy. And he screwed it up. He lost the money. So now it's up to his loyal girlfriend Lola to get him out of the mess he's created. And she just might be badass enough to pull it off. But when her first attempt fails and she finds herself shot and bleeding to death, she pulls herself back through time to try again. And this time she won't give up so…
How this film plays itself is the same way how you play a video game. You have to reach a goal point in a limited time. You start the game, overcome each n every obstacle, almost make it to the final mark but either the time is over or you're dead. So what do you do when it's already game-over? You restart. And continue doing that until you finally make it through. And that's exactly how the events depicted in Run Lola Run unfold.
Presenting 3 different alternatives of a single event, Run Lola Run begins with Lola receiving a phone call from her boyfriend Manny who lost 100,000 Deutschmark which belongs to a mobster he was working for. Lola…
Video game existentialism set to a pumping house soundtrack, would be one way to describe this non-stop adrenalin rush. Music videos in the 90's became increasingly influential in the style used by directors aiming at a younger audience. Run Lola Run is one of the few films that packaged together visual inventiveness with some food for thought.
Everyone has their own take on fate and pre-determined outcomes and Lola definitely has hers. Her self-belief stands out as fiercely as the red flame hair that holds our attention on the screen, a female Sonic the Hedgehog burning through the streets of Berlin controlling multiple lives.
The interesting thing is that we leave the film knowing very little about her life outside…
Chaos Theory stipulates that all dynamic systems are deterministic, which means that a system can be significantly affected by small changes in its component variables. However, these deterministic systems are, as the name implies, already determined by the nature of their initial conditions. That is, a system has an infinite number of theoretical possible conclusions, but the same origin. These drastic repercussions caused by small variables in a dynamic system is also known as Butterfly Effect.
The Butterfly Effect is reminiscent of Chaos Theory. The assumption is given with a theoretical example where the physical patterns involved in a butterfly flapping its wings can subsequently cause a hurricane in another geographical location several weeks later. How? The "initial conditions" are…
Run Lola Run is just like playing a videogame. It was only a matter of time until someone decided to make a film like this, a videogame-esque film where the protagonist of the picture is the main character of an eletronic game and, as in a videogame, she'll often face defeat and her game will be over, but she'll always have the chance to try again, and Lola just takes advantage of that chance, even if she only has twenty minutes to complete her task.
The reason why this film plays out so well is because, even though it's obviously repetitive, the idea of turning it off never comes to your mind, it's really like if you're playing a videogame…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Run Lola Run directed by Tom Tykwer is a stunning film that manipulates common ideas of time and fate. The premise of the film is actually quite simple: Lola is somewhat responsible for getting her boyfriend into trouble with his mob boss, so she has to get him 100,000 marks in 20 minutes to avoid his death. There are three different realities that surround this same story throughout the film, each one beginning in relatively the same way. What makes this film so incredible is how Tykwer tweaks very small things in each of the three realities, which leads to radically different outcomes in each case. It may be difficult to pin down a single theme, but if there were…
All I wanna know is: Did Lola's mother ever get her shampoo?
But in all seriousness: Great movie! The whole "one small event can have a major impact on the future" thing has been done a lot in film, but this movie did it in a way that was very unique and thrilling. Would definitely recommend!
As one of the more memorable European films from the late 1990s, Run Lola Run remains a pivotal and influential film. Tom Tyker had his finger on the pulse of the Western world in the 1990s. Almost twenty years later, it is clear that the film is a product of its time. Even so, the strong performances, frenetic pace, and the innovative narrative still manage to provide enjoyment and Tyker subsequently provided a stylistic framework for many films, including the subpar Crank series.
After Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) loses the money from a heist, he calls his loyal girlfriend Lola (Franka Potente) and asks for her help in finding in the money. With only twenty minutes to spare, she desperately runs…
An energetic and insanely quirky piece of German pop art, constituting three different stories which make it a unique faux-Rashomon spin on the multiple event technique. If it wasn't for the sketchy dubbing work that diluted the power of what certainly looked like a fantastic performance from Franka Potente, I'd have nothing to complain about other than its extremely short runtime. But based on the story(s) it was telling, the latter could hardly be considered a criticism with legs... to run with... Yeah. I figured that pun would RUN out of steam before it got started. Shame on me.
Lola and Manny get something that most people would kill for; a second chance. Manny makes a horrible mistake that has to be fixed in a very short time, or else he dies. He calls his girlfriend for help and she takes action. Lola's desperate attempt to save her boyfriend is told three times, all with diffrent outcomes. They try to solve the problem and when their plan doesn't work, they simply start over. How this start-over is possible is never told and isn't important to the story.
But even when you succeed at the end, not everyone can win. Every action you make affects the life of others and the actions of others affect you, wether you like it…
Worthy of every bit of the praise it gets. From ideas to execution, this is extremely well realized. I have a hard time calling it dated, because of how influential it clearly was, but I imagine this is (to a smaller degree) how people feel these days watching The Matrix for the first time. Still incredible, but very little edge anymore.
It's all about the editing. It moves fast, and it's over before you know it. It's a triumph of vision and style, but not much else.
According to one poster tagline, 'Run Lola Run' is "hot, fast and post-human" – and while that seems to mean nothing, it also sums up the film fairly well. It's a great little post-'Pulp Fiction'/late 90s euro crowd-pleaser, structured around a 'what if?' scenario that plays out three different ways depending on the smallest change of circumstance.
It's also very much of its time – which is only enhanced by my DVD being one of those magical discs where 'filmographies' are considered a 'special feature' and only go up to 1999.
It doesn't really demand re-watching, but if you haven't yet indulged once you definitely should.
Effortlessly kinetic and dynamic, it somehow pointed the way forward for non-linear editing and narrative while still remaining very much of its time and place. You can easily lump this in with the rest of the European crime flicks of the '90s (The Professional,Pusher, Trainspotting, Lock Stock..., even Ronin to a certain extent) but it also feels very much its own beast, raw and edgy and original. Undoubtedly dated (especially in its use of animation and music), but still progressive - and transgressive - even today.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).