This post compares Run Lola Run to Edge of Tomorrow (contains spoilers).
Once I got to the first reload in Run Lola Run, I was immediately pleased with the direction the movie was going in and then understood why MP assigned it. That moment also sparked my memory of watching Edge of Tomorrow, a movie that came out last summer with a similar mechanic. I decided to re-watch them both and see what I found.
Similarities: Guess what — they both figured out how to switch off the safety! Hooray! Both main characters also affect the outcome of the lives around them that change depending on their actions.
Before I comment on some of the differences, I will say that I enjoyed Edge of Tomorrow a lot better, though it may be unfair to compare the two given the time they were released and their respective budgets alone.
While it didn’t bother me not knowing the origin of the reload in Run Lola Run, having that explanation in Edge of Tomorrow was exciting and central to the plot. Additionally, I feel the sheer number of times Cage died allows for a lot of humor (ex: rolling under the truck, getting shot by Rita over and over again). Run Lola Run is more serious in that, but what is interesting about the shorter time frame is that the movie can show each run-through in its entirety. As for being able to remove the reload power, Edge of Tomorrow creates a lot of drama with this detail, which is definitely pivotal to the story line.
For others that have seen both movies, what do you think? What else did you notice?
Also, if you liked these two, Source Code is another one you may enjoy.
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