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The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)

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A psychologist who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor (C-Section)
Adam Abrams ...
Doctor (X-Ray)
Randi Lynne ...
ER Nurse
John Hainsworth ...
ER Patient
ER Nurse
Dr. Janek
Morgue Technician


The story begins on Louis Drax's 9th birthday, when a lifetime of curious mishaps culminates in the boy's near-fatal fall. Desperate to reveal the strange circumstances behind the young boy's accident and dark coincidences that have plagued his entire life, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling mystery that explores the nature of the sixth sense, testing the boundaries of fantasy and reality. Written by Miramax

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A mystery beyond reality. See more »


Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for some disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 September 2016 (USA)  »

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Both Jamie Dornan and Barbara Hershey have appeared several times in ABC's hit show Once Upon a Time. However, they did not appear in any episodes together. See more »

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What starts to be a great mystery ends quite predictable.
4 September 2016 | by (London, Uk) – See all my reviews

French horror film director Alexandre Aja famed for his remake of The Hills Have Eyes gives us a mysterious thriller central around a nine year old boy name Louis Drax (Aiden Longworth) who is plunged into a coma after falling from cliff and being pronounced dead for two hours with his father (Aaron Paul) being the prime suspect.

The boys resilience to incidents and illness sparks intrigue, especially with a sleep doctor played by Shades of Grey, Jamie Dornan who also develops a special interest in the boys mother, Natalie, played by the alluring Sarah Gadon. Dornan looked and acted a lot like Henry Cavill's Clark Kent having an air of chivalry about him.

There's something special if not eerie about the boy and everyone starts getting raised suspicions about what actually happened and how the boy returned to unconsciousness which we visit in forms of dreamy flashbacks that help piece together the plot.

The mystery deepens as the story goes on but unfortunately becomes very predictable. It's paced well for 108mins and is quite surreal having a dreamy glow around certain parts which, although unrelated reminded me of The Butterfly Effect. It's based on a novel of the same name written by Liz Jenson and I imagine the book would be a better read, mystery novels tend to give off my suspense than their visual adaptations.

It was good to see Oliver Platt even if playing a slightly typical role for him, a psychiatrist who has background knowledge of the boy. Also, even if for a small part, Barbara Hershey as the boy's Grandmother but maybe this film was lacking a larger star and I feel this film will go unnoticed purely because of that.

The score was brilliant but maybe too enchanting for this film, giving it a fantasy style feel, but I think that was what the composer was going for, who is indie rock musician, Patrick Watson. His end credit track 'Man Under The Sea' is quite enlightening for the film.

Its started off so well and keeps you intrigued until you figure out what's going on, which isn't too difficult and the rest of the movie just falls into place. It has a good original story but it lacks the punch and shock at the great reveal and whilst the core is predictable, some parts are left unexplained leaving you felt cheated. Not a film for the big screen.

Running Time: 6 The Cast: 5 Performance: 5 Direction: 6 Story: 6 Script: 5 Creativity: 6 Soundtrack: 7 Job Description: 2 The Extra Bonus Points: 0

49% 5/10

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