Run Lola Run keeps moving
My attraction to Run Lola Run is simply that I like good movies that play with traditional storytelling methods and try new things. I also like the woman who plays the lead. —Mark Metcalf
A girl with flaming, out-of-the-bottle red hair answers the phone. Her boyfriend has lost 100,000 Deutschmarks, and the gangster that the money belongs to is going to kill him in 20 minutes. Lola takes off running to get him the money.
And, she runs for most of the next 80 minutes. From a storytelling point of view, Run Lola Run is one of the most innovative films coming from anywhere in the last 30 years. The boyfriend, Manni, is going to rob a grocery store, which will get him in just as much trouble as he’s in with the gangster unless Lola can come up with the money in 20 minutes.
Franka Potente plays Lola with the kind of off-the-street realism that she brings to Marie in the Bourne Trilogy. But here the laser-like focus of her intensity is exploited to the greatest degree. She is literally running for her life. A great soundtrack keeps pace as she makes her run, and clever use of animation in certain sequences keeps it fun.
If you like your movies to be a bit of a puzzle, rent Run Lola Run. It doesn’t try to smugly fool you, but it poses questions about fate and about the effect our actions may have on those we pass by in the street, even if we’re walking.