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Run Lola Run

Punkish Lola may only have 20 minutes to hoof it across Berlin to save her thuggish beau from self-destruction, but she gets three chances to make the race successfully in this post-modern German quickie -- certain to become a durable cult classic. This hyper-kinetic existential thriller is like a cross between "The X-Files" and Madonna's "Ray of Light" video. It's packed full of cinematic tricks and gimmicks, most of which are kept afloat by the film's blistering pace and fun comic book textures. There's also a touch of import — does this wild ride have something to say about the repercussions of coincidence and circumstance? Probably not, but its enjoyable innovations in that direction are some of the movie's brief delights. What had dangerous potential to become a serious casualty of style over substance is gracefully saved by a whirlwind running time of just 80 minutes. Presented in both 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and 1.33:1 full frame, with 5.1 Dolby Digital in German, and both 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby in dubbed English. Includes commentary by director, writer and producer Tom Tykwer and title star Franka Potente, trailers, and the music video "Believe" by Potente. Keep case.
—Gregory P. Dorr



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