Run Lola Run
Dir: Tom Tykwer
Star: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup
Cert / Year: 15 - R / 1998
Format: DVD R2

Lola (Franka Potente) has 15 minutes to some how obtain 100,000 in order to replace the mob money her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), has lost. If she fails he will be dead. It is a chase where the outcome can be effected by the smallest decision.

What is that it? Yes the plot is simplicity itself, however what makes this film so good is the method the plot is realised. The film is split into three sections; each tells the same story however each shows how a change to the smallest of decision can alter the outcome of the following events. This leads to three different versions of the plot and three totally different outcomes. This idea is very clever and extremely well implemented. Forgot the slushy romantic comedy Sliding Doors that also used a similar idea, this film is superior in every way.

Why is it so good? For a start the Tom Tykwer's direction is innovative fresh and thoroughly effective. Many camera tricks have been used and the end result borders on the Matrix for slick styled results. For a film which mainly consists of a girl running (not much happening on the dialogue front), he has managed to add a sense of speed and urgency. What is also extremely cool is the way in which the camera flies off to follow the people Lola bumps into and shows how their future is changed. For a relatively young director this is extremely polished work. Hollywood should snap this guy up, as if he is allowed to do his stuff it would be a true winner.

The next major plus is the talented cast, and this is lead by the excellent Franka Potente. Her performance is a real mix of sexual vulnerability, strength, intelligence and desperation. With a starring role in the Bourne Identity recently I'm sure we will see more from her. Her boyfriend is played by a German Johnny Lee Miller look-a-like Moritz Bleibtreu and he fills the role well. Added to this are a strong supporting cast who deliver the goods.

So it's stylish, clever, and contains loads of talent is that it? No, the icing on the cake in the techno soundtrack. Rarely has music been used in such an effective manner. The fast beats of the songs are used in time with the edits and the running to add urgency and take to proceeding to a new level of cool. It is not intrusive but really moves the film on at a pace.

A great idea for a film has been combined interesting story (or is that stories). It is doubtful whether an exploration of "what if" will be handled this well again. The direction is extremely exciting and stylish. The cast and especially the lead in Franka Potente are excellent. The soundtrack is great. In short this is a brilliant piece of work. Ok so it feels a little short (at 80 mins it is) and a bit more would have been welcome, but it does mean that the pace never lets up. If you are bored of Hollywood action movies then this is the antidote. Run Lola Run.


Every second of every day you're faced with a decision that can change your life.
The difference between life or death can be decided in a split second.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Picture 1.85:1 Nice clear picture with only small amount of grain.
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 A choice of dubbed English or the original German and clear English Subtitles. All very good.
Features Commentary from Tom Tykwer and Franka Potente
Music Video - Franka Potente 'Believe'
Cast and Crew filmograpies (dated!)
Verdict It is good to see a European film getting a decent transfer and subtitle options. There are even a number of extras. All in all not a bad disc.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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