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Run Lola Run (1998)

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Run Lola Run (1998)


Franka Potente
Moritz Bleibtreu

Directed by Tom Tykwer

Distributed by Sony Pictures Classic

Way back in 1998, I remember watching a German program on the local TV station, it was there I saw the making and I heard the director and film critics comments about the film. I was also opportune to see clips of the movie Run Lola Run, and a music video featuring the star.

Well I never forgot about the movie, but I never thought I could one day find German movies. Well thanks to the global world becoming more unified I did and it was a good price to pay to see Run Lola Run finally after 14 years.

Mind you it is a German movie subtitled in English.

The movie stars Franka Potente, who you can remember as Jason Bourne's love interest in the Bourne film series and as Eva Heissan in the British American show on BBC America Copper.

Run Lola Run shows the place of determination in human life.

The thing that I like most about this flick is the use of chaos theory's butterfly effect, which tells us how small inputs in the initial condition of the lives of the people in the movie, like running into someone, or distracting them resulted in a drastic change in that individual’s life in a large scale in the near future.

To show these butterfly effect flash-forward sequences of still images showing the future effect in the future lives of those Lola come across.

The Runs in the movie had different implications in the future of each person Lola’s path crosses; some were devastating while others were beautiful.

The movie plot is straight forward simple; Lola (Franka Potente) and her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) have a problem.

Manni lost 100,000 German Marks (which is about 50,000 Euros) belonging to his crime boss by accidentally leaving it on a train. Lola was supposed to pick him up but she failed because she got sidetracked.

Now Manni has to deliver the money in the next 20 mins and he knows if he shows up without it he is dead.

Telling Lola all this on the phone caused her to worry and she promised to meet Manni up with the money in 20 mins.

So the “Runs” begin and Lola is seen running to her father hoping to get the money.

The film features 3 runs with each different from the first and each presenting a different outcome based on how she reacted to things around her.

The movie is directed masterfully by Tom Tykwer who will be working with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in the 2012 movie Cloud Atlas.

If you like a movie that leaves you to pick how it ends then this is for you, like wise if you like an exciting movie just join the band wagon. Mind you again it is German so make sure the one you are watching has subtitles.


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