Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Run Lola Run (1998) R - 3 Stars

Do you were wish you could have a "do over" in your life? Where if you could go back just 20 minutes and do it again, you could alter the outcome. Well, Run Lola Run, aka "Lola Rennt," does just that. But has Lola imagined the possible scenarios in her head before acting out, or does she really get a do over; you get to decide. Franka Potente, with her fiery red hair, gives an outstanding performance as Lola. The movie, relatively short and in German with subtitles, is a fun and simplistic offering of three scenarios for Lola to get the money. Each offering adds subtle differences, effecting all the people surrounding her. First, she helps Manni rob a store, Second, she asks her father (Herbert Knaup), and Third, she wins it gambling.

Lola, (Franka Potente), is not having a good day. Her moped is stolen causing a delay in meeting up with her boyfriend Manni, (Moritz Bleibtreu). Manni is not have a very good day as well. He has been given a "test job" to fence some stolen goods. All he has to do is bring the cash back to Ronnie, (Heino Ferch), to prove he is worthy of doing the job. While riding the subway, a homeless man bumps into him causing Manni's sack of cash to be accidentally left behind on the train. This is not good as he needs to meet Ronnie precisely at 12:00. He phones Lola who insures him she has it under control. Lola takes to her feet and runs across town to make it to Manni in time.

Run Lola Run - 1999 - Independent Spirit Awards - Best Foreign Film

Bavaria Film GmbH,X-Filme Creative Pool
Director: Tom Tykwer
Writer: Tom Tykwer
Producer: Stefan Arndt
I viewed 12/10

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