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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.

Director:

Alexandre Aja

Writers:

Liz Jensen (based on the novel by), Max Minghella (screenplay)
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aiden Longworth ... Louis Drax
Sarah Gadon ... Natalie
Michael Adamthwaite ... Doctor (C-Section)
Beckham Skodje ... Louis (Age 2)
Adam Abrams Adam Abrams ... Doctor (X-Ray)
Aaron Paul ... Peter Drax / Sea Monster
Molly Parker ... Dalton
Terry Chen ... Elliott
Randi Lynne ... ER Nurse
John Hainsworth John Hainsworth ... ER Patient
Julian Wadham ... Dr. Janek
Goldie Hoffman ... ER Nurse
Jamie Dornan ... Dr. Allan Pascal
Nels Lennarson ... Morgue Technician
Anjali Jay ... Macy
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

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

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UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby Surround 5.1)

Color:

Color
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Jamie Dornan called Louis Drax "Lloyd" right before his first nightmare. This mistake not only made it past the crew, cast and director on set, but wasn't even fixed with ADR and is noticeable in the final cut of the film. See more »

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Louis Drax: Pascal made the mistake that all men make. He thought that because Mommy is so beautiful, then she must be good.
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References Dracula (1931) See more »

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Freaky
Written and Performed by George Simms
Recorded at The Record Room, Kent, UK
Courtesy of JGM London Ltd.
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A good movie that never tells you what it fully is as a movie
7 September 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

But very interesting film.

When I saw the poster, I thought it was going to be Sci-Fi or Fantasy. Then I read the synopsis and it seemed like a psychological thriller: Louis Drax is a problem child that gets into a fatal accident that puts him into a coma, and the doctor tending over him gets to the roots of those problems to try to wake him.

At it's basic core, this is what the movie is, a psychological thriller. It also is a mystery as we uncover what happen to put the kid in this coma. What is different, is that the movie is narrated by the kid in the coma. His child like narrative contradicts the adult content.

The voice of Luis Drax starts off the movie, telling his story of a kid prone to accidents since he was a baby. It sets a tone you can't erase as his story and how it revolves around the people around his life becomes very adult.

The tone versus the story is really offsetting at times, but does make for some humorous moments as Louis' mother gets into a relationship with Dr. Pascal, the doctor tending over him. The music layered over the film does not help because it reinforces that children's book fantasy genre that clashes with the crime drama mystery.

Aaron Paul was brilliant in the movie as Luis Drax's loving father, Peter. His tone in the movie also is more centered on the children's book side of the movie.

The only problem with the movie, is that besides the children's fantasy combining the mystery, Thriller, The movie does and has other elements that don't jump out of nowhere necessarily, but don't fit the whole story. Dr. Pascal has a background that's perfect for helping Louis Drax and others find out what happen to him, but using this is too inconsistent and turns it into the Sci-fi movie that I thought it would be looking at the poster, but takes you out of what they are trying to do.

But overall, I liked what is going on with the 9th Life of Louis Drax. The kid who plays Louis Drax tells a great tale of scandal and mystery, from the point of view of a child. it's a compelling story uniquely told.

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