I love how the themes celebrate a new 1998 Berlin: the young lover protagonists had loyalty for each other, rather than for the rules of society; most the older generation was portrayed as dishonest, awkwardly posturing; and all elements of the filmmaking celebrated an electric youth, who knew that the future would be determined by a mix of their capabilities and pure luck, and lots of running (in Doc Martens!).
An all-cylinders ahead marathon of style that works as a Groundhog Day-like action film. It burns, only sizzling to linger on its characters when it has to, yet explodes in emotion during each of its trio of stories separate climaxes and final shots. It's a minimalist and simple-tuned film in all but its energy, but oh-boy! does it move. Its problem? The disposable nature. In that, once over, it's forgettable.
A fast-paced low budget action movie mixed with "Groundhog Day" that was hugely influential on Hollywood who even stole the red wig done by Franka Pontente for "Alias". It is strange how enchanting it is to see an attractive running young woman with techno music and fast-edited use of animation, MTV music video styles and still photographs. An experimental film that works perfect in this action fairy tale.
I guess this film is the answer to every single time we asked ourselves "what if?". I did not enjoy it but I can appreciate the concept and do believe it's worth watching, at least for its uniqueness in the structure. However, even the concept is not entirely original, as admittedly inspired by Kieślowski's Blind Chance.
High energy take on parallel universe / groundhog setup, very much of its time and expertly put together, especially in the running scenes where Tykwer partners visuals and music very effectively. Exciting, hinting at deeper matters but ultimately worth watching simply because it's such an enjoyable ride.