Run Lola Run uses the interesting narrative style of showing a sequence of events and then repeating the same sequence of events under different circumstances. What I found most interesting about this film is that it is suggested that the repeated 20 minutes that Lola goes through are not implied as alternate events that happened in a “different world”, but that they are instead being relived by Lola. The film implies that Lola is able to travel back in time in some way. I think the biggest give-away of this concept is in the second loop of the primary events in the film. There is an instance in which Lola is told that she does not know how to use a gun, and she proceeds to release the safety and shoot the gun off near her father’s head. This is interesting because the first instance of the main sequence of events shows Lola robbing a store with her boyfriend. She asks him how to use the gun, and he tells her about releasing the safety on the gun. This implies that Lola had gained knowledge from living through the 20-minute sequence of events and used what she had learned in the second loop. However, the film also suggests that they are “alternate universe” events because of the actions of the boy with the dog in the hallway. If she were truly reliving the exact same events, why would the boy randomly decide to trip her in the second set of events? I think the film does a great job of creating a mostly understandable world that also raises some questions for the viewer.
I greatly enjoyed the quick, stylish and fast-paced filming style of Run Lola Run. I liked the strong visual cues that were used to indicate the restarting of events, such as the red phone falling on the hook and the woman asking where Lola was going. I just feel that the film could have had a stronger narrative and more character development. I was also intrigued by the use of cartoon work to show Lola running down the stairs at the beginning of each 20-minute sequence. It gave the film a true otherworldly feel to it. Overall, I thought the film was entertaining and intriguing in the way that it was filmed and with the world that it created, but I feel that Run Lola Run could have had a much stronger and engaging narrative.