Run Lola Run (1999)

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A young woman receives a phone call from her boyfriend telling her that if he doesn’t get 100,000 deutchmarks within 20 minutes he’s a dead man.

It tells of the consequences of the phone call in 20 minutes of real time three times over, each containing a slightly differing timeline, thus showing how minor incidents or coincidence can have a massive knock on effect not only to your life, but to those around you. Run Lola Run is very much a product of its time; the techno soundtrack, grunge fashion and fascination with the mathematics of probability – ie. “the butterfly effect” – all reek of the 1990’s, but Run Lola Run still feels strangely fresh probably because of its brisk, no-nonsense pace and 75 minute running time meaning it never gets too caught up in pretentious navel gazing.

I could have lived without some of the directorial affectations that made it feel a little too much like a music video in places, and the coincidences are of course extremely unlikely, but the urban crime element gives it a Luc Besson-esque flavour that makes for an entertaining and original experience.

7/10

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