Run Lola Run
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A thrilling post-MTV, roller-coaster ride, RUN LOLA RUN is the internationally acclaimed sensation about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of their lives. Time is running out for Lola (Franka Potente). She's just received a frantic phone call from her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), who's lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss. If Lola doesn't replace the money in twenty minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences. Set to a throbbing techno score, "Lola's like a human stun gun!" Peter Rainer, New York Magazine.
- Music video Believe by Franka Potente
- Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award, Winner, 1999
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Basically, this is just a "one-idea-film" that would have made a GREAT short feature. Instead, they stretched it into a feature film.
And it is all offensively idiotic.
1 - Lola is at home. Her boyfriend calls her and explains his problem: he forgot some gangster's money on the subway... and some homeless guy found it.
This gives birth to one of the most uninspired explanation scenes in movie History. Who's the bad guy, what was the money for, what will happen if he does not get it back, etc... one stupid phone call that lasts forever with Lola and her dumb boyfriend talking... and talking... and talking...
Halfway through their ridiculous conversation, I'm already thinking: "this guy is sooo stupid and incompetent that I DO WANT him to get killed! I hope Lola gives him the boot!"
But she doesn't. Instead, when he says something idiot like "help me or I'll just rob the supermarket close to this phone booth" (to which I'd simply reply "do it, you stupid punk. Then drop dead!") she just says "I'll be there in twenty minutes and I'll think of something. Don't do anything stupid!" - like if that wasn't the rule so far... LOL
Then I started thinking: "Wow, I can't wait to find out what will she do in order to get the money. I hope she'll do something brilliant".
And what does she do? She runs aaaaallllll the way from home to the bank where her dad works. Exactly: the "running" you see on the title is to daddy!!!
Hello!! Can't we be brilliant and creative?
Daddy (by far the most fascinating character in this film) gives her the boot (hurray!). And she does not get the money. When she meets her stupid boyfriend, the moron is already robbing the supermarket. She helps him and (guess what?!?!?) she gets killed by the police on the way out.
What follows next is (we go back in time) a long and boring bed scene (put there to make some time - so this can be a feature film) where the two lovers are talking... and talking... and talking... for almost 8 minutes things like "do you love me?" "Yes" "How much?" "A lot" "Are you sure?" "I guess so" "So you are not sure?" "I am" "what would you do if I'd die?" "I don't know"... -things like that.
...No wonder why teenagers love this. This is bad teenager screenwriting.
And then we see two variations of the same story:
B) Lola goes to dad and ends up robbing the bank. She gets the money, but this time it is her boyfriend who gets killed (hit by an ambulance).
C)Lola goes to the bank but takes a while longer to get there. Does not find dad and goes to a casino (A CASINO!!!!) that just happens to be there where she gambles some change money and wins all the money she needs... -talk about deus-ex-machina.
Is this supposed to be a masterpiece?
Would someone please explain to me, like if I were a four-year-old child, why is this film so praised.
I do not get it.
I had to watch the dubbed version. I started with subtitles but this is a very visual film. The limited dialogue simply sets the stage for the physical action and reinforces the point of the film. So, it was more important to watch the action than hear the actor's actual German voices. Most of the dubs were fair enough accept for Lola's boy friend; "GODDAM# IT! HE'S GONNA KILL ME!!! WHAAAHAAAAHAAAA!!". After that scene it got better.
-THE POINT OF THE FILM
Though not a completely new concept, the film revolves around the idea that one little word, act or decision will dramatically change your fate and the fate of others. This film, though a bit overly deliberate (what, we Germans?) still managed to be unique. I'm not even going to tell you how this is presented because that's half the fun.
-A FILM OF FAIR QUALITY
I would never call this great film making. However, it's not at all bad either. Like the concept, the execution was fairly deliberate. I thought this made it more fun. The acting was at least adequate, the story was unique enough and it actually had some exciting visual dynamics without going over the top... ...most of the time.
-JUDGE NOT LEST YE BE JUDGED
Well the heck with that. This film is full of stupid people. Of course the question is never asked; "how could they be so stupid to begin with!" I guess we're expected to roll with the premise as it was set up. That's ok, but it certainly lurked in the back of my mind that these are not particularly good people we're investing our emotions in. That kind of ruined the ending for me. Possibly the dumbest thing about Lola is her unique talent which borders on being a super power; just ridiculous.
I almost feel like I'm giving too much away by mentioning that there is animation at all. But it's too late; there are animation sequences in this film. They were actually visually exciting and accentuated the entire concept of the film. It was almost like "Schoolhouse Rock" meets "Lizzy Maguire" meets "The Simpson's"; very Euro-groovy. Please; no smart remarks about me even knowing about "Lizzy Maguire". I do have a young daughter after all. Anyway, I actually liked these somewhat crude but stylish interludes.
-WAS MUSS ICH DENKEN? (What do I think?)
I thought it was "sehr gut". It is actually a riveting film that has lots of action and only a little violence (mostly running, duh!). If you like unique story telling with good production values and fair acting this might satisfy you. The ending is a bit irksome to me for reasons I don't want to explain here for fear of spoilage. However, it was inevitable considering the type of people we're dealing with. I recommend watching with the dubbing due to the visual nature of the film. I found it helpful anyway. If you can buy it for the same price I did, all the better. So hop on the Lola express; BOOM CHUCKA BOOM CHUCKA BOOM CHUCKA...
The music is very dated in the 90's as its club techno music that mostly died after that decade. It's high stakes hyper fast pacing is nice as it keeps the plot moving. The funniest part is the overly dramatic 90's art house edits where there will be exaggerated screams, close ups, long pans, long takes, and even dual screen shots where multiple events are taking place at the same time on screen.
I can see how Franka Potente became a famous actress for Run Lola Run as The Bourne Identity (which cast her after this film) clearly was influenced by its stylized cinematography. There are some neat ideas, such as when Potente hits someone while running, we see what their future will end up being, but it does seem unrelated to the plot. It's like it's just there for shock factor.
Overall, I had some fun with Run Lola Run, but it's an incredibly frustrating movie that could have been so much better with a decent script and sense of cohesive storytelling. It's all style here that's rather dated. Maybe worth a single viewing.
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