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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…
• Loved the frantic rhythm and the editing filled with fast cuts and juxtaposed scenes
• Some techno music to get the blood pumping
• Lola’s supersonic scream
• It is like a great blend between Groundhog Day and The Butterfly Effect
• Not only this film is a technical marvel, it’s also a thinker and leaves room for many different interpretations
• The repetitive structure of the story can get tiring
• Handing a gun just like that was so unreal
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…
If a film is based on a premise of suspense, it has to do two things. Firstly the viewer has to care about the person who is in jeopardy. This film is about a petty criminal and his girlfriend, of whom we know little. we are supposed to cheer her on while she ensures the success of an organised crime deal. Go mafia go!
Secondly you have to believe that the threat is authentic. So if you offer three different versions of the same 20 minute chase, then any suggestion of authenticity is gone. Who cares whether she gets there or not?
Just watched it again recently. The energy is electrifying.
Great editing. Awesome concise story that is honestly just fun to watch.
If Darude Sandstorm was a movie.
Basically, you get thrown into a situation before you even have a chance to care about the characters, and go from there. Halfway through, without any explanation, it starts over, with everything happening a little differently. At this point, I'm annoyed at the lack of setup and explanation. Twenty minutes later, it restarts again, with some more variations. By now, I'm officially done with the movie. Unfortunately, though, the movie isn't done with me for another twenty minutes.
If the beginning of the movie led me to believe that this was more of a video game than a movie, I would've been ok with it, because if we're honest, that's what this is: a…
Lola has twenty minutes in which to find 100,000 marks or her boyfriend dies. This film goes through three different scenarios as Lola runs around Berlin, trying to find the money. Each scenario involves the same people, but with different outcomes.
Set to a thumping soundtrack, "Run Lola Run" has an energy that few other films can match. Superb.
A trendy millenial's wet dream: high octane and nicely shot, set in 1990s Germany, hopped up on a whole lot of narcotics, and soundtracked by wave after wave of pulsing techno.
Very refreshing take on an action thriller. Very entertaining. Had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
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).