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Distinctivly Visual - Run Lola, Run

By | March 2014
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There are many different ways to convey themes and meanings through the use of the distinctively visual aspect of films. Both directors Tom Tywker (Run Lola, Run) and Antoine Fuqua (Olympus has Fallen) have used multiple visual techniques such as mis-en-scene, repetition to allow the viewer to gain a better understanding of such themes as, loss and the fixed nature of time. The themes are present throughout both of the texts and this helps you to interpret messages being given by the directors more clearly. Time is an unchangeable factor of life across Tywkers 1998 classic motion picture, Run Lola, Run. Time has the power to change the outcome of every little event throughout the movies entirety. The first sound we hear is the ticking of an old grandfather clock, this compliments the opening scenes where we see a cartoon version of Lola running through ticking clocks. The repetition of the tick, tick, tick adds emphasis to the motif that is time, and how it controls the future events in the movie. The race against time is one of the predominant themes in Run Lola, Run and this is shown by Tywker where he sets three individual runs set at 20 minutes each. If Lola gets there to her location too late, both her and Manni rob a supermarket and Lola ends up being shot shortly after. In the second run she arrives a few seconds too late and Manni is the one whom dies. In the third and final run, Lola reaches Manni in time. This leads the pair away from robbing the supermarket as Lola has obtained the needed money through a casino. Tywkers used the theme of time through techniques to allow a further understanding of the fixed nature of time, and how it can’t be modified to suit the needs of anyone, no matter what the outcome will be. In Antoine Fuqua’s Movie ‘Olympus has Fallen’ we witness a scene full of loss and despair, along with moving pictures showing the destruction of The White House. The montage of clips of The White House burning and falling to pieces give us...

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