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09 September 2011

Run Lola Run (1998)


Directed by: Tom Tykwer
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House, Drama
Runtime: 81 Minutes
A friend recommended this to me and I am impressed with it. The film is sometimes frantic and has fantastic editing elements tied in with its kinetic kind of energy. It is an exciting film start to end that reminds you that every little thing you do can change another thing, like a chain reaction. Every little thing matters. There may not be full plot to follow for its duration, but we get to see an intricate one three times in different realities of different things happening each time. Through clever camera angles and fine editing “Run Lola Run” is an exciting on-the-run action film.


Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) handled a smuggling job, delivered the loot, collected the payment, left the bag on the subway, and now has 20 minutes to gather 100,000 deutsche marks or confront the wrath of his boss, local criminal Ronnie (Heino Ferch). Desperate, Manni phones his girlfriend Lola (Franka Potente) who immediately runs downstairs and through Berlin streets to the bank run by her father (Herbert Knaup). However, she is rejected and leaves minus money. When she goes to meet Manni, he is holding up a supermarket, and the cops shoot her. In a destiny device familiar to readers of Ken Grimwood's acclaimed novel Replay, the story begins anew with different outcomes. In one version, Lola robs the bank and takes her father hostage; in another, there is casino cash to be won.

I thought the editing was no less than greatly co-ordinated. This is a perfect example of great modern cinema editing. With flickering into thoughts and to seeing the cartoon animation placed in at times, I think, this is one of the finest edited films in the past 5 years. We have jump cuts, slow motion, whip pans, intercut colour and even animation.  
This film has the spirit of an action film while keeping a great simplicity to itself. The film is split in to three versions of the story and how it would go, each having minor and major differences and it is no doubt the film was very well co-ordinated. From seeing things from different angles to bumping in to someone making a difference, it was inventive and clever.


Franka Potente has some sort of appeal. She is a great character, although not much goes in depth but things you will remember her for is her monstrous glass-shattering scream. I have to say she is energetic because we see her running for at least 2 miles or something. It was very exciting to see her run with her red hair flying around and her arms pumping as she runs to try and save Manni from his own stupidity.

T film reminds you blissfully that every little thing makes a difference and things play out almost like a chain of events. However, do not think too hard or you’ll hurt yourself.  The film is very clever and Tom Tyker the writer and director pulled it off in a wonderful manner. 

As a whole, this film is essentially a film about itself as it loops three times. It was an excellent experiment of a film and was finely executed. Although the story seems short seeing it three times in the way, we see it still had the energy of the average action film. To wrap it up “Run Lola Run” is cleverly crafted and edited with energy.

My Rating: 8/10

6 comments:

  1. I agree. This is a clever, fun film with lots of impressive editing. It really defines the past decade in film. Awesome review, Thomas.

    P.S. - You may want to look over your fifth paragraph. There seems to be a typo at the very beginning.

    - Nick :)

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  2. Very nice review, this is one of those films that I am going to watch ASAP

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  3. filmmaster_pollock9 September 2011 at 22:32

    I see it, thanks :P

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  4. This is one of my favorite films. I saw it in a theater in Boston during my film studies at Emerson, and I remember walking out onto the streets practically dancing. I was on what I like to call a cinematic high. It was like euphoria! Not many films rub off on me like that, so that makes Lola a very special film indeed.

    Nice write up!

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  5. I would like to see this one. great review!

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  6. I really enjoyed this movie. It might have been the first foreign action film I saw.

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