Run Lola Run (1998)

Run Lola Run begins with stunning visuals and a voice-over talking about humans and the ultimate questions- where do we come from, and what do we believe in. We are reminded that the reality of life is that we continue to ask one question after the next. The opening credits sequence includes a full introduction of all the characters who will appear in the film. We first meet Lola (Franka Potente) in her home, and she receives a phone call from her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). Sadly, for Manni and Lola, it’s not good news. Manni is upset, claiming he’s messed up badly. He reveals to Lola that a crime job, which required him to smuggle loot, has gone wrong. By complete mistake and error, Manni left a bag filled with $100,000 Deutsche marks on a subway train. Manni calls Lola on a pay phone, seeking desperate help before a man named Ronnie (Heino Ferch) discovers the missing money and kills Manni instantly.

Lola has just twenty minutes to somehow come up with the cash Manni lost before he robs a local supermarket to repay his debt to Ronnie. Lola pleads with him not to go ahead with the robbery. She claims she will devise a plan to rescue him and come up with the cash. Now, Lola will run through the city streets, going to multiple destinations and speaking to those she feels can help her. The question is, can she successfully save Manni before he commits a horrible crime that he will regret forever?

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Run Lola Run is a mystery thriller with some action moments. Audiences are instantly thrown into the plot and the fast-paced storyline. It’s a basic outline with high stakes if Lola fails. We know nothing about Lola and Manni apart from it is evident they are lovers. Still, once you witness the tragic situation, you can’t help but be supportive of the leads.

When it comes to creativity, there is so much to unpack here, and there’s so much that I admire and adore. Firstly, while Lola is running, we are greeted by various fast-paced, techno musical numbers. These keep the pace fast and exciting. While running, Lola has many strange moments, bumping into and interacting with many people while on her quest. When she interacts with people and responds to them, viewers are given a glimpse of what happens to the person after interacting with Lola. Some of these outcomes are surprising, shocking, or perhaps funny. It’s an excellent concept to see, and it’s impossible not to consider the outcome for the strangers if Lola had run a different path or interacted with someone different. The film is loaded with many moments which are unpredictable and surprising right from the word go.

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The pacing is excellent. It’s fast and always moving forward with something happening before pausing for a small slow point during the third act. The film ends on a high note. Performances are also outstanding, especially from Franka Potente. I always loved the costume designs and use of colours, including black and white imagery whenever a back story is told. Sound effects are mixed with perfection, and it’s impossible not to smile when certain elements are heard throughout.

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Overall, this film opens with a bang, instantly pulling viewers in for a fun ride with many unpredictable moments. It’s jam-packed with fantastic creativity, including a wonderful way of telling the story quickly and smoothly. Colours are used excellently here, but most importantly, the soundtrack is a major highlight, as are the effective and fun sound effects. With only the third act slowing down slightly before the conclusion, Run Lola Run is a cinematic ride that always amazes me, even on repeat viewings.

9.8/10

Rating: 5 out of 5.

7th January 2023
Written by Peter Walkden

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A small group of activists meet to discuss threats to the world. Simon (Simon Laherty) calls himself the mayor of the group, and throughout the meeting, he attempts to make sure everyone is heard and gets along. Sarah (Sarah Mainwaring) and Scott (Scott Price) are...

The Breach (2022)

John Hawkins (Allan Hawco) is the Police Chief in a small town known as Lone Crow. Only days from retirement and planning to move into the city, John must tackle one last case when a family picnicking near a lake discovers a mutilated body. John is instantly called to...

Run Rabbit Run (2023)

Sarah (Sarah Snook) is a single mother to her only daughter, Mia (Lily LaTorre). During the day, Sarah works as a doctor in the field of fertility and will often drop off and collect Mia from school. At this time, Sarah is dealing with losing her father, whose...

Razorback (1984)

In the Australian Outback, Jake (Bill Kerr) babysits his grandson at night. It is a peaceful evening for the two until a massive boar, aka a Razorback, suddenly attacks him and his grandson. As a result of the attack, Jake is left with a broken leg, and his grandson...

Fatal Attraction (1987)

Dan (Michael Douglas) is living what many would say is his best life. Currently working as a lawyer and married with a daughter and an adorable pet dog, Dan couldn't ask for more in his world. While attending a celebration, a mysterious woman catches the eye of Dan...

Fist of Fury (1972)

When he returns home, Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) discovers that his Master, Huo Yuanjia, has died. His heart heavy and filled with sadness, Chen attends the funeral with many fellow students from Jing Wu School to pay his respects. The loss of his former master continues...

Super Volcano (2022)

Doctor Molly Martin (McKenzie Westmore) is passionate about the environment. Molly is always putting up a good fight or taking people who continue to abuse the Earth to court. After her most recent appearance in court, Molly is greeted by a close friend who advises...

Robot Riot (2020)

An unconscious soldier wakes up on a battlefield and discovers a strange device implanted in the back of his neck as he regains consciousness. The surroundings around him are unfamiliar, and according to the tag on his uniform, his name is Shane. Shortly after waking...

The Tank (2023)

On May 2nd, 1946, during a wild storm, we see a family fast asleep in their home. Mysteriously, the father of the house goes outside and lifts an opening in the ground, only to be taken by something. From this, we jump to Oakland, California, in 1978. Jules and her...

Reality (2023)

Set on the 3rd of June in 2017, the film follows a twenty-five-year-old named Reality (Sydney Sweeney). One day, Reality returns home after picking up some groceries and is surprised to find two FBI agents waiting for her outside her home. Both men present their...

No Hard Feelings (2023)

When it comes to love, Maddie (Jennifer Lawrence) has never been able to settle with the man of her dreams. Maddie works as an Uber driver, but life generally isn’t looking too bright for her. Currently, she is fighting to save her home, and to make matters worse, her...

Driving Madeleine (2022)

Charles (Dany Boon) is a taxi driver who only has two points left on his license after incurring multiple violations. If Charles isn't careful, another violation could cost him his full-time job as a driver. To make matters worse, Charles is also in debt which he’s...

Elemental (2023)

Imagine a city where Elements- fire, water, earth, and air- could come together and live in peace. Our heroine is Ember (Leah Lewis), a fire elemental. Ember’s parents made a hard choice to leave their home, where they were surrounded by others like them. Instead,...

The Flash (2023)

Barry, aka The Flash, is struggling to juggle everything around him. Simple tasks such as going to work on time seem near impossible as Barry receives alarming calls from members of the Justice League who continue to need his help saving the day. More importantly,...

Guy Richie’s The Covenant (2023)

In 2019, Sergeant John Kinley (Jake Gyllenhaal) was leading a special unit of soldiers in Afghanistan who were there to discover ammunition and explosive sites. After a tragic explosion occurs at a routine checkpoint, John is provided with a new Afghan interpreter of...

The Molly Maguires (1970)

Set in Pennsylvania, 1876, there are many workers in the coal mines. The opening sequences of this film are dialogue-free; however, we see men tirelessly working and a small group coming together secretly who manage to set off a large explosion. To viewers, it is...

The Man from Hong Kong (1975)

The film opens with a pair of criminals meeting to try and conduct an exchange at one of Australia's great attractions, Uluru (referred to as Ayers Rock in this film). During the exchange, both men are surprised to find undercover agents from the Federal Narcotics...

Unwelcome (2022)

Maya (Hannah John-Kamen) and Jamie (Douglas Booth) have made an enormous discovery: they're about to become parents. Jamie visits his local shop to buy something to help celebrate the evening, but sadly, for Maya and Jamie, the night, which should have been a...

Something to Live For (1952)

Alan (Ray Milland) receives an urgent call one evening from an elevator operator who stresses that someone needs his help and support, given his past and current involvement with Alcoholics Anonymous. When Alan arrives on site, he learns the person who needs help is...

Brooklyn 45 (2023)

In 1945, in Brooklyn, five close friends who grew up together and served in the military come together for an evening catch-up. As the group comes together, each character faces challenges and hurdles in life, including the evening’s host, Clive (Larry Fessenden)....

Bank of Dave (2023)

Dave (Rory Kinnear) is a kind-hearted man who loves to have fun. Living in Burnley, Lancashire, UK, Dave sells minibuses and owns seven dealerships. More importantly, Dave desires to help others within his community, particularly those struggling financially. After...

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)

Time has passed since we last saw Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld). Miles has grown up and finds himself tackling stressful new challenges. Juggling the life of a superhero in Brooklyn full-time while being with his family and fulfilling...

The Black Demon (2023)

For hundreds of years, many fishermen have shared stories of a mythical shark seen off the Baja Coast. One creature had God-like proportions, driving men to the edge of insanity and causing them to see visions of death. Some people called this creature El Demonio...

We Were Once Kids (2021)

In 1995, an indie film was released worldwide, becoming a cult classic in time.  When Kids first came out in cinemas, everyone was talking about it, and by that, I'm not just referring to movie audiences and film buffs. The film created a storm of controversy,...

Renfield (2023)

In the present day, Dracula's long-time servant, Renfield (Nicholas Hoult), has had enough of being enslaved. After Dracula is badly wounded in his most recent battle, he requires blood from the purest souls to help him rebuild. At the same time, Renfield has been...

Influencer (2022)

Opening with a shot of a stunning island, we are distracted from the beauty by a dead body floating in the sea. Who is it and what happened are natural questions that we instantly ask. The film goes back to introduce us to a young woman named Jessica (Sara Canning), a...

Marlowe (2022)

Living in Los Angeles during the 1930s, Philip Marlowe (Liam Neeson) is a private eye detective. The film begins with a new client entering Marlowe's office and introducing herself as Cavendish (Diane Kruger). Cavendish has a job for Marlowe that she feels only he can...

Limbo (2023)

In the Australian Outback, Travis Hurley (Simon Baker) drives into a small town while listening to religious preaching. Stopping at a hotel overnight, Travis takes drugs that help him remain restful and calm. Travis also questions the local police, revealing that he...

Hypnotic (2023)

Danny Rourke (Ben Affleck) is a detective with a horrific past. While he was distracted momentarily, somebody took his daughter from a busy park where he was watching her play. It only took a matter of seconds, and her disappearance remains a mystery to this day. The...

The Blue Caftan (2022)

Halim (Saleh Bakri) and Mina (Lubna Azabal) are a married couple living in Salé, Morocco. They run a local caftan store together, making and selling beautiful handmade garments. Despite being known for their outstanding skills and providing fantastic hand-crafted...

The Hard Way (1991)

John Moss (James Woods) is a tough cop on a case to hunt down a killer in New York City known as “The Party Crasher”. John conducts a rude interview on national television which is seen by one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood, Nick Lang (Michael J Fox). Nick...

Infinity Pool (2023)

Couple James (Alexander Skarsgård) and Em (Cleopatra Coleman) are away on what seems to be a perfect holiday on an island resort, away from the world and life troubles. While the two are sharing breakfast, we learn that James came up with the idea of a holiday so he...

Cairo Conspiracy (2022)

A young man named Adam (Tawfeek Barhom) often assists his father in catching fish from a boat. One morning, Adam checks the mail and discovers a surprise waiting for him- a letter confirming his acceptance into Al-Azhar University in Cairo. Many around Adam are either...

Sweet As (2022)

Murra (Shantae Barnes-Cowan) is a young Indigenous teenager. Home life for Murra could be far better. After an altercation occurs at home, Murra's mother drives away from all the drama and family conflict. Thankfully, Murra's uncle, Ian (Mark Coles Smith), is also a...

My Neighbour Adolf (2022)

In 1960, South America, Mr. Polsky (David Hayman) is a Holocaust survivor who enjoys spending his days being grumpy and harsh to those who dare to try and interact with him. Polsky lives an independent life, keeping busy reading the daily newspaper, playing chess or...

Barfly (1987)

Henry (Mickey Rourke) enjoys spending every waking moment sitting down at his local bar and ordering drinks. The film opens with Henry making some harsh remarks to the barman Eddie (Frank Stallone), leading to a bare-knuckle fistfight in the alley outside the bar with...

Quantum Leap: Season One (1989)

The year is 1995, and Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) is working on a top-secret task relating to time travel. Sam is under extreme pressure when he receives word that his secret project has completely gone dry with no more funding. With the hope of proving that his...