Run Lola Run Essay

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Themes in visual texts are established through the use of various visual techniques, making and large impact on the way viewers take in the chosen themes. Run Lola Run directed by Tom Twyker uses visual techniques to convey its message to the audience and involves the audience in the experiences that the images create. The mediums in which the director chose to convey these messages are successful in communicating to the audience the types of experiences that are represented in the images.

Run Lola Run follows a woman who must get 100,000 in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend. The main themes of Run Lola Run are time, the idea that love conquers all and chance. It is through the use of film techniques such as animation, editing, camera shot and angle, that shape meaning and influences the responses of the audience. These themes are effectively portrayed through the medium of film and the techniques employed by the director, Tom Twyker.

Time governs the actions and outcomes of Lola throughout the film. The image of the vibrant cuckoo clock foregrounding a black background in the opening scene instantly suggests that time is the commanding facet of the film. The importance of time is also represented through the close up shots of the pendulum and the grandfather clock in the opening scene. This sets the atmosphere for the dramatic story ahead. Throughout the film, Lola needs time to halt, but the background score of the rapid ticking sound suggests that time doesn’t halt.

The overpowering nature of time is displayed through the use of split screen, where Lola and Manni are split under the clock which is overlooking their actions. The use of slow motion in the split screen emphasises the importance of time. Even the slightest misuse of time could alter the outcomes of the future. The outcomes of Lola’s future adapt to her actions on each run, for example, when Lola is tripped down the stairs and suffers a limp, therefore loses valuable time. Time is also...
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