Friday, July 15, 2005

Run Lola Run (1998)

How many women of the cloth does it take to change lightbulb? NUN!

Genre: Action Crime Drama Romance Thriller (Germany)

Starring: Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity; Blow), Moritz Bleibtreu (The Experiment; The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam)

Directed By: Tom Tykwer (Paris, Je T'aime; Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer)

Overview: Lola has 20 minutes to find and bring 100,000 Marks to her boyfriend, Manni. Run Lola...

Acting: Both these actors have gone on to make other films that I've seen, The Experiment (Moritz), and Anatomy (Franka). Point being that these guys did such a good job that they secured themselves a lifetime of roles, if they stay on the right track. Good stuff, really great portrayals. Papa's character, the guy on the bike, the banker, the guard, the bum... All really well done. Great direction.
Rating: 8

Cinematography: The images are all cool and hip, with dramatic zooms, and even the occasional welcome cliché (like that ambulance). The character credits are spectacular, real original stuff, and the photo cutscenes of the futures of the people that Lola passes by is really original. When I first saw this in theaters, I knew that film after this would definitely has some Lola influence. Definitely Innovative.
Rating: 9

Script: The writing overall is pretty awesome. Some well written and unexpected twists in Papa's office add the element of "yeah there's other crises going on in the world". As for the introduction, the grand explanation of what the whole premise of the film is going to be about? Nice set up. They deliver everything you need in record time, and jump straight into the action, at which point the dialogue is rather appropriately slender. Terrific.
Rating: 8

Plot: Without ruining the surprise, let me just say that the entire premise of this is damned original and super-cool, and that's just the twists I'm talking about. The plot itself, the rushed, quick-thinking, edge of your seat race against the clock and the seemingly insurmountable quest of getting so much money in such little time...Seriously lots of fun.
Rating: 9

Mood: There are few movies that are about the sountrack as much as the story. I went and bought the soundtrack it was so good. Today, I can tell you that those techno tracks are a little dated, yes, but they still hold their own and they set the pace of the film perfectly. And as for the hint of danger loving, crime cusping couple, that too adds to the whole feel, and did I mention those credits?!
Rating: 8

Franka could not wash her hair for 7 weeks during the shoot as the red would have washed out and faded.

Overall Rating: 84% (Run Out and See This!)

Aftertaste: This, I've seen about 6 times now, always presenting it to my guest as a must-see repertoire of Modern Foreign Action. They've never been disappointed, and I've never heard anyone say that it was no good. Definitely memorable.
Don't worry, you'll like it.