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More fun than a barrel of Jean-Paul Sartre, pic's energy riffs on an engaging love story and really human performances while offering a series of what-ifs and a blood-stirring soundtrack.
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Run Lola Run is fun, fun, fun.
Cleverly juggling the elements and encounters of a simple thriller scenario by using multiple viewpoints and a domino effect to create different destinies...
Not only does Lola run, she takes this hyperkinetic pop culture firecracker of a film with her.
A madly spinning top of a movie.
FAST, smart and fun,
...it's the most fun I have had at any movie thus far in 1999.
An exercise in sensory overload.
...a gimmicky thriller that's almost as much miss as it is hit.
Teenagers with a taste for the offbeat may enjoy.
Run Lola Run takes a few moments to muse about the nature of time and the purpose of man... But its real agenda is the purpose of woman.
Accompanied by techno music and populated by young and likeable "hip" protagonists, Run Lola Run is very pleasing to the eyes and ears of its viewers.
despite its brittle techno-punk rhythms and spots of nihilism... this is sort of a throwback to the days before the talkies
Lola has twenty minutes to find a way to get 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend across town before he gets whacked. Problem is, she's broke, but fortunately, she gets a couple do-overs. Experimental but accessible, Lola schemes (and runs) nonstop through this frenetic thriller/drama; breathers are for subplots and flashbacks. She's going to need a new sports bra when this is all over.
A young woman receives a phone call from her boyfriend telling her that if he doesn't get 100,000 Deutchmarks within 20 minutes he's a dead man. It tells of the consequences of the phone call in 20 minutes of real time three times over, each containing a slightly differing timeline, thus showing how minor incidents or coincidence can have a massive knock on effect to not only your life, but those around you. Run Lola Run is very much a product of its time; the techno soundtrack, grunge fashion and fascination with the mathematics of probability (ie "the butterfly effect") all reek of the 1990s, but Run Lola Run still feels strangely fresh, probably because of its brisk, no-nonsense pace and 75 minute running time meaning it never gets too caught up in pretentious navel gazing. I could have lived without some of the directorial affectations that made it feel a little too much like a music video in places, and the coincidences are of course extremely unlikely, but the urban crime element gives it a Luc Besson-esque flavour that makes for an entertaining and original experience.
It's the choices you make that lead you to the situation of the present , not life by itself.
This flickr deals with the pleasure of trying any possibility until achieving the best one .Unfortunately everybody's life doesn't come with such instructions to it's manual...
An adrenaline rush of a film concerning a young woman (Franka Potente) who must gather 100,000 marks in twenty minutes to help bail her boyfriend (Mortiz Bleibtreu) out of a difficult situation that could result in his death. Few films have as much energy and sheer excitement as this one, which explores three different scenarios on how the situation evolves, and how the slightest change in time can produce drastically different results. Potente is the perfect fit for the red-hair Lola, and the film goes by so fast, and is so tightly paced, it is truly awesome to see how well director Tom Tykwer constructs and develops his story (or stories). Highly recommended for those that like fast-paced films.
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