Wow! The breathless pace of Run Lola Run is positively
exhausting, stimulating and inspiring. German Tom Tykwer has
scripted and directed a wonderfully original film, taking a Rashomon-like
look at a desperate race for survival.
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ways, Run Lola Run plays out like a new interactive video
game where you might get to makes choices as you move through the
film. Of course, the filmmaker makes the choices in this case.
Technically, Run Lola Run is consistently dynamic.
Tykwer marries a visual style that compliments the
frenetic pace of his storytelling. Integrating brash cartoon
graphics with the whirlwind race through Berlin's streets works
without taking you out of the action.
Chance plays the biggest part in Run
Lola Run and is emphasized at every turn by writer/director
Tykwer. The moral of the story may be never lose the bag
money you have to deliver to your mob boss. You may have to rob
a bank or heist a casino in order to deliver the goods. With a
techno-rock soundtrack driving with the same ferocious
abandon as the camera, the camera protagonists are propelled
forward with delicious fury.
Columbia has included an audio commentary from director Tykwer
and star Franke Potente. The friendly film principals are
relaxed in sharing some of the experience of making Run Lola
Run. You can learn of the the director's Vertigo fascination,
note an illusion to Village of the Damned, and catch details
that you might otherwise miss in the swift developing action.
transfer is beautiful save for a few errant marks that pass by
with momentary notice. You can watch Run Lola Run in the
original German language version, with or without English
titles, or even in a dubbed English version. The titles are easy
to read. The score by Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil is
delivered in Dolby Digital 5:1 in appropriately crunching style.
A music video and theatrical trailer complete the package.
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