Run Lola Run ★★★★

Video game existentialism set to a pumping house soundtrack, would be one way to describe this non-stop adrenalin rush. Music videos in the 90's became increasingly influential in the style used by directors aiming at a younger audience. Run Lola Run is one of the few films that packaged together visual inventiveness with some food for thought.

Everyone has their own take on fate and pre-determined outcomes and Lola definitely has hers. Her self-belief stands out as fiercely as the red flame hair that holds our attention on the screen, a female Sonic the Hedgehog burning through the streets of Berlin controlling multiple lives.

The interesting thing is that we leave the film knowing very little about her life outside of these twenty minutes but we understand everything there is to know about her personality. Franka Potente's naturally empathetic appearance is as much to do with that as anything else, so even when she makes some dubious decisions you are still every much on her side, willing her on.

Tom Tykwer's use of animation, split screens, montages, photographs and more is as manic as the pulsating soundtrack, timed perfectly to coincide with our heroines three attempts to save her boyfriends life. It's an onslaught on the senses that holds you in freeze-frame whilst the madness ensues in front of your eyes. Take a second to breath and you might miss something.

Potente's fitness levels were probably the highest they've ever been after filming wrapped yet we're left feeling just as breathless as the 80 minutes zip by. There's no need to be strapped in to enjoy the ride, instead sink down some caffeine, loosen the shackles and put on your running shoes. On your marks, get set....

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