The 9th Life of Louis Drax

2016

Mystery / Thriller

64
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 40%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 34%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 4866

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Jamie Dornan as Dr. Allan Pascal
Aaron Paul as Peter
Sarah Gadon as Natalie
Oliver Platt as Dr. Perez
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Reviewed by PyroSikTh 8 / 10

Another Movie to add to the Pile of Movies I Love that Everyone Hates

Louis Drax is an accident-prone nine year old. Having endured eight near-death accidents throughout his life, according to cat years, he would be on his last and is fully aware that he may never grow up before his time comes to an end. With this knowledge and history behind him, he finds himself in a coma after falling off the edge of a cliff, and the circumstances of which are left a vague mystery to be uncovered, including the related disappearance of his father. Was it an accident? Or was it something more? Amidst all this, his doctor becomes entranced with his mother, despite mysterious warnings to the contrary, and he finds himself in an unconscious journey of discovery with a creepy creature.

Tonally the movie is all over the place, which can make it feel a little uneven, but at the same time I felt it kind of worked. The movie opens with a montage of Louis' life told from a black comedy angle. Obviously what happens to him isn't exactly nice, but it's played for laughs. If you don't like black comedy, this opening sequence will turn you off immediately. This soon gives way to melancholy when the tragedy unfolds, which is about as much of a stark contrast as you can get. There's also some freakier moments revolving around the creature, a typically romantic tone between Pascal and Natalie, and in it's penultimate moments it shifts more into thriller territory. However, I never felt this was jarring at all. Every shift in tone suited the scenes perfectly, and evolved organically from one to the other.

It's central driving force is the mystery surrounding the circumstances of his fall, which inevitably culminates in a twist or two as the movie's finale approaches. The big twist isn't so much of a twist as it is a slow evolution over the course of the movie. It's not just signposted, it's actively developed as we go along and learn more and more about the characters and their own stories. The way this all comes to light can be a little hard to swallow, and doesn't take the time to explain itself, namely telepathy and the ability to talk to the dead. This is where the more fantastical elements of the movie come to the forefront, but due to the various shifts in tones, I didn't find this too much of a leap. It was obviously not attempting to be even remotely realistic. I just wish they gave some kind of explanation for it rather than just briskly moving on. There is another minor twist as well though, and I'll confess that did throw me for a loop, but I won't spoil that.

Aiden Longworth, Jamie Dornan, and Sarah Gadon do really well in their major roles, without particularly breaking any new ground. Dornan in particular seems a bit bland in most of his appearances, but I'm not sure whether that's down to him or what he was given to work with. It wasn't too much of a distraction either way. However the real stars are some of the more supporting actors. Oliver Platt and Barbara Hershey really tear up their limited screen time as Dr. Perez and Louis' grandmother respectively. And of course Aaron Paul does what he does best. The chemistry he shares with Longworth goes a long way to developing their father-son relationship and leads to one of the movie's most heartbreaking scenes. Again though, I couldn't shake the feeling that Paul was cast for his ability to cry on demand. I'm not saying it's a bad thing; I love seeing Aaron Paul cry in movies, as he's always so genuine with it, but I fear he's getting a little typecast and may be relying on it too much (not in this movie, just in general).

The big thing that drew me to the movie in the first place though was the visual quality, and while it's not quite as I expected, I can't say that I'm disappointed. Almost the entire movie is bathed in a dreamy glow, both the moments in dream or flashback, and the current events. It generally gave a very ethereal quality to everything. There was some differentiation between dreams/flashbacks and real life though and that was largely thanks to the colour pallet, particularly early on. Louis' happier moments are awash with golds and reds and other warm colours, while the more melancholic present day scenes had a cold, blue hue. The scenes with the creature also seemed to have a subtle hint of green to them as well.

Louis Drax is certain to be another one of those movies I put on the pile of 'movies I love that everyone else hates', but I don't care. It's story is intriguing with interesting developments as it goes along, despite it's missteps and shifts in tone, the character work is a good attempt even if it doesn't always land the mark, and it's visual appearance is a feast for the eyes even if it isn't particularly innovative or creative. I give Louis Drax a very good 8/10, but also acknowledge it's not a movie that will suit everyone's tastes. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I was also open to and prepared for something a bit off-the-wall.

Reviewed by phd_travel 9 / 10

Haunting beautiful satisfying story

Don't let the strange title put you off. I liked the story of this mystery drama romance thriller. Things come together and there are no red herrings. As layers are peeled away the truth is revealed to be very different from what the first appearances were. And the ending is satisfying too with a feel good conclusion and an good message about beauty and goodness. There is enough "magic" to make this creative but not outrageous - like in "The Age of Adaline". An accident prone child falls off a cliff and is in a coma. His father is missing. His beautiful mother is played by Sarah Gardon. A doctor (Jamie Dornan) gets involved in his care. Although you can guess the truth about 2/3 through, it's enjoyable to see things unfold. It's not always about a last minute reveal. There is an element of Hitchcock here in tone and setting - Vertigo comes to mind with the beautiful blonde with a hint of mystery and the San Francisco location. Although it seems that the aerial shots of SF and the Golden Gate bridge were mixed with not actual on location filming. Sarah Gadon is so lovely she is perfect for the role. You can believe men will throw away everything for her. She is such a good actress too and so versatile from playing QE2 to damaged goods in this year's Indignation. Jamie Dornan as the doctor who is letting his Johnson make his decisions is good at acting in lust. It's a bit similar to 50 Shades but a better story. Aaron Paul has a pivotal supporting role as the father Peter Drax. And he is good especially when things are revealed. The young boy has lots of good lines and succeeds in not being annoying as some other child actors can be.

Reviewed by A_Different_Drummer 7 / 10

"Being in a coma doesn't suck" (dialog, Louis)

This movie has a lot in common with those crazy weekends where you go off to a remote location with a group, under the supervision of a sort of modern drill sergeant, and then see if you can survive the dangers of the wild. If you do, then Monday morning you are a better person for it. At least in theory.

So it is when you enter the theatre to watch this film. No matter what your preferred "film pallet" may be, this work will test it to the max.

The story is .... odd. The opening, which has a cutesy first person narrative of the kind you expect to find in films like THE LITTLE PRINCE is ... odd. The narrative exposition, which uses a sort of undefined, almost magical, interface is ... odd.

In fact the whole film, which starts as a heart-warming tale and ends in a cross between Hitchcock and pure horror is ... odd.

I checked out the film because it is one of the few works from Alexandre Aja, a director considered a genius by his many fans and a time-waster by his many detractors. This film is not going to please either group.

This odd story of an accident-prone boy also violates many of the rules of conventional film-making and seems to go out of its way to make the viewer uncomfortable and even downright squirmy.

After all that "endurance testing" you would expect a big payoff, but all you get is a small one. A very small one.

And when it comes to payoffs, size does matter.

The brightest spots in the movie are Aaron Paul, an actor whom -- as I commented in an earlier review for the IMDb -- is becoming the closest thing modern audiences have to a Jimmy Stewart. Essentially the only person in a movie you immediately want to trust.

And the always reliable Molly Parker (Deadwood) who, like Paul, gives a viewer a place to "go to ground" during the ordeal that this film has become.

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