Saturday, August 6, 2011

Run Lola Run (1998)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (8.0).

I normally don't make a habit of playing favorites or ranking things by preference, but if I were forced to, Run Lola Run would be on my list of top 10 favorite movies.  The plot is minimal: protagonist Lola needs to come up with 100,000 DM / $56,000 USD in 20 minutes or her boyfriend's gangster employers will kill him.  Oh, and she has to run across town on foot to do it.  (It's better than it sounds.)  The frantic pacing and jump-cutting does a solid job of adding to the tension, the visuals are great, the music is outrageously good, and lead Franka Potente does a really great job in making Lola herself come to life.  There are elements of magical realism in places, but they're pretty low-key and the core of the movie isn't really about them.  Score: 4 stars out of 4.

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