Thursday, August 4, 2011

Run Lola Run (1998)

Directed by Tom Tykwer. I'd never seen this and had intended to for years but had just never gotten around to it, in part because Karen had said that despite liking it, its camera movement and editing style had made her sick to her stomach. I tend not to like movies like that.

Surprisingly, this is one of those movies that seems to have stood the test of time in that its story and themes remain engaging even while it is chock full of elements that you can tell must have seemed edgy when it was first released but are now de rigueur, by which I mean, all over the friggin' place. With respect to that, while I'm sympathetic to my wife's 1998 equilibrium, I'm not so sure the editing and camera movement in "Run Lola Run" are all that disorienting by 2011 standards. These days, it looks a little like 7UP commercial.

That, coupled with the fact that the English language dubbing sucks and some of the acting is a little amateurish, means that the younger people I work with would not be able to appreciate it. To that point, it's unfathomable why this wasn't remade in America with Sandra Bullock or at the very least someone like Milla Jovovich in the lead role.

If you're not familiar with the plot, the less said about it, the better. Regarding themes, it would seem, in case you weren't aware, that every step we take makes a difference in what comes our way. Timing and choices are everything, except when luck steps in. The trick is knowing when to wield control and when simply to let fortune take its course. Show this to someone who hasn't seen it yet.

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