DVD Review - The 9th Life of Louis Drax
Written by Max Minghella, this movie has the child narrating the story and that child is the protagonist but he isn't the one we follow. The movie instead follows the child's doctor and the child's mother. The movie becomes more interested in the relationship between the doctor and the mother, though there is no real reason why. The movie as the book probably wanted a psycho-sexual thriller, which simply makes no sense on any level.
Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) stars as Allan Pascal, a pediatrician who specializes in neuroscience. He's married but has no children of his own. He works mainly with children though. He's called into action when a child has a near-death experience and results in a coma. Allan takes the case when the boy shows a surprising survival. It's not overt, but he also takes an interest or has an attraction to the boy's mother.
Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold) co-stars as Natalie Drax, the aforementioned mother of the boy in the coma. She seems like the dutiful parent by the side of her child. She's a beautiful blonde who has no trouble getting the attention of men. It's not overt either but she displays romantic interest in Allan, despite knowing he's married. Again, it's never explained why.
The central mystery revolves around what happened that caused the boy to end up in his coma and why. Molly Parker (House of Cards) co-stars as Inspector Dalton, the police official investigating that mystery. Her presence is almost unnecessary and forgettable. She practically doesn't matter. I don't know why the movie even wastes time with her.
Oliver Platt (Chicago Med) also co-stars as Michael Perez, the therapist who works with the boy in question prior to his coma. Aside from one scene, he's mostly seen in flashback having sessions with the boy. Those sessions reveal the relationship the boy had with his father and the father's issues with Natalie. His presence does matter. His is necessary, and his interactions with the boy are the most interesting and weird parts to this movie, aside from the slimy creature.
Those great things are all in flashback. The real thrust of the movie is all the stuff with Allan, which is the least compelling.
Rated R for disturbing images and brief strong language.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 48 mins.