Run Lola Run
(Lola Rennt)

Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt)
Made in: Germany
Language: German
Director: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu
Year: 1999

Synopsis: A tale of fate and coincidence, Run Lola Run, was an international hit after its release in 1999.

When her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) loses a bag containing 100,000 Marks (this was before the conversion to the Euro) in drug money, Lola has twenty minutes to find a solution or else the dealer Manni works for will most likely kill him.

Racing against the clock, Lola runs through the streets of Berlin desperately searching for a solution.

With her adventure told in three different versions, her brief but random encounters with strangers and familiar faces all tie in, and influence the final outcome of her quest.

The Good: Watching all that running will make you tired. With an energetic visual style and unpredictable storyline, director, Tom Tykwer, tells a bold, complete tale in a very short amount of time. In the short time that Lola has in order to come up with the ridiculous amount of money that will save Manni, we get brief but intimate glimpses of her troubled home life and past.

These tangents never become too drawn-out, and Tykwer keeps the movie "on schedule" by maintaining the story's sense of urgency throughout.

And as you might have heard, or already know, the techno soundtrack is fantastic and makes for great driving music!

The Bad: The film's denouement is a little too fast, and the character Manni seems to be too much of a loser. It's surprising that a strong personality such as Lola would put up with his whining for so long.

And finally, let's not forget that Manni is employed by a drug dealer. That might not sit well with the audience's conscience. But these days, who knows?

Who would like this movie: Run Lola Run uses a lot of shots and visuals that most mainstream filmgoers here in the US might not be accustomed to, but it suits the whole look and feel of the movie.

The subject matter won't be over your heads and the story is pretty straightforward.

It does have an "artsy" edge to it, so I'd say this foreign film will work for you if you're looking for an action movie that's a little different.

German-language students take note: This is a good movie to watch, since the dialog is pretty clear and full of familiar words.

(3 out of 4 stars)

Review written by: Joe Yang

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