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Run Lola Run Reviews

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½ February 8, 2018
Some butterfly effect here, some sensory overload there: Lola may run, but this film sprints. Pumping soundtrack intensifies a well-shot, zany thriller that ignores all the rules and provides satisfying rushes of adrenalin.
October 17, 2017
I hated it. Half the movie is her running, completely unrealistic since somehow she has enough stamina to run from one side of town to the other. She gets shot but falls forwards instead of backwards. Watched twenty minutes of it and got bored because its literally her running. Somehow this may be an unpopular opinion but thats just my two cents on the issue.
September 13, 2017
Time capsule of 1999 in the best way possible.
½ August 31, 2017
Run Lola Run is a unique experiment in storytelling. The racing, pulsing soundtrack keeps the pace up through the many extending running scenes. I wanted a little more out of the plot, and the ending feels a little too abrupt, but I can see why this 1998 German thriller made an impression on audiences.
½ July 23, 2017
What a consistently fresh, exhilarating film this is, an experience like no other that generates so much excitement and stuns the audience so much that it's 100% ripe for rediscovery. An essential for people who want an introduction to foreign films and were raised on blockbusters.
May 13, 2017
a woman runs to save her boyfriend from robbing a store as he has lost 100,000 marks he owes. Circumstances stop Lola getting there on time. And she replays the day again and again. kind of like groundhog day
March 17, 2017
Absolutely amazing!!!!! Great music as well!
March 11, 2017
Artistic, energetic, an intelligent film that shakes up the idea of what a film can be.
February 25, 2017
Kind of gimmicky, kind of fun.
February 8, 2017
This film is nearly twenty years old...that makes me feel old. Anyway it's just as fun as I remembered and at a punchy, breakneck running time it's a real joy to watch again. Music is dated unbelievably though!
January 15, 2017
Trippy! Just run with it
November 16, 2016
So goddamn stylistic and loved every minute of it except the ending. Wondering if somehow Mirror's edge was inspired by this movie
½ November 6, 2016
i waited a lot of time to see such a boring movie please dont try this at home save your houres
September 27, 2016
Amazing, I've loved this ever since I first saw it as a teenager. Amazing story, characters, acting, soundtrack, everything.
September 25, 2016
An incredible fast paced suspenseful movie with an even better soundtrack.
September 24, 2016
Run Lola Run is energetic and cleverly cuts through parallel timelines, but I had a hard time getting involved with the characters. It's a bold and enjoyable movie, overall.
September 20, 2016
It's unbelievable the rush you get after finishing each try to get the money. The fact that you don't know everything about anyone but at the same time you know them and what kinda person they are makes it so easy to skip the whole character development bullshit. I liked every minute of it!.
July 17, 2016
A film that literally runs on pace. One gets exhausted just from watching it.
July 17, 2016
Lola (Franka Potente, making an astonishing breakthrough) has got a problem: her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) has just lost 100,000 marks of drug money, and will be killed in 20 minutes if he doesn't get it back. From there, Lola starts a journey in which she bumps into an aggressive mother, causes a car accident, is told some damning news by her father and causes havoc with a gun. When she fails her objective, she refuses to be defeated, and the film rewinds right back to the start, for her to try again.
Clearly influenced by films like Pulp Fiction and Trainspotting, and having an influence on the films of Edgar Wright, German director Tom Tykwer's 1998 thriller Run Lola Run is quite simply one of the most exciting, fast paced and imaginative thrillers of the nineties. From the opening animated title sequence, the long tracking shots of Lola's journey and the original flourishes (photo sequences show us the probable future of various characters Lola bumps into), Run Lola Run feels like it can't allow itself to slow down, and it practically never does. The camerawork is some of the finest you'll see, twisting, flying and practically gliding down the beautifully shot streets of Germany. Though there are a few grainy, handheld style shots which do jar when contrasted with the fantastic cinematography of Lola's scenes, the rest of the film is just gorgeous to look at, and when you discover the film was made for under $2 million, it's astounding to see what you can do when you have infinite talent, infinite creativity and infinite energy.
While it is fair to say occasionally the running sequences do last too long and lose some of their energy, by the third go at success, you'll be on your seat. Director Tykwer knows how to make a dumb, fun thriller but he does manage to keep in a sense of the arthouse. What other action film features a character die and then flash to a long and cryptic bedroom conversation about love and death? Meanwhile, the use of the "try again" multiple versions of the same plot gives Tykwer the excuse to both have his cake and eat it; he's allowed to make a dark, complex indie flick with depressing outcomes and beloved character deaths, and still allow us to punch the air and cheer by the end, in which the puzzle perfectly falls into place and offers one of the most enjoyable final scenes of all time. All of these devices would be nothing without its titular star, but as the crimson haired, incredibly put-upon heroine of the piece, Franka Potente is brilliant. Later to be seen in The Bourne Identity, here she gives a performance that hits just about every note you could want her to hit; she's calm and intelligent when consoling Manni; completely despairing when her world begins to crash down; charming and loveable in the quieter, more romantic scenes; and simply a sheer badass when she takes matters into her own hands. Action cinema needs more kick-ass female leads like Potente in Run Lola Run, and she ranks right up there with Ellen Ripley and The Bride as one of the finest heroines in cinema.
With ultra kinetic visuals, a blackly comic and often very sad script, plenty of top notch action and a pitch perfect leading performance from Potente, Run Lola Run is one of the most insane thrill rides in all of action cinema, and fifteen years on from its original release, it's still as exciting, imaginative as influential as ever.
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