The 9th Life of LOUIS DRAX, Blu-ray (2017)

A thriller of a film about a child’s supposed death-defying accidents.

The 9th Life of LOUIS DRAX, Blu-ray (2017)

Actors: Aaron Paul, Jamie Dornan, Michael Adamthwaite, Aiden Longworth, Oliver Platt
Director: Alexandre Aja
Studio: Miramax/ Summit/ Lions Gate (2/7/17)
Video: 2.39:1 for 16:9 screens, color HD 1080p
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Extras: “The Making of The 9th Life of Louis Drax
Length: 108 min.
Rating: ****1/2

The young boy Louis has survived eight near-death accidents already and in the film (during his Ninth birthday picnic) falls off a high cliff into the water in California. A doctor, Allan Pascal, is drawn into the thrilling mystery of this accident and dark coincidences, and also begins to fall for the boy’s beautiful mother, Natalie.  The circumstances of his (and his father) falling off the cliff are hashed over several times.

Oliver Platt is great as the therapist, Dr.  Perez, who uses hypnotism and other unorthodox techniques to tap into the boy’s unconscious mind. (For some reason Platt is given no credits for a major role in the film.) The role of his father (who was not his real father) is also good. New clues emerge as the police become involved, and there is a revelation that changes the fate of Louis (who has been in a coma) and everyone around him amazingly.

This film has sci-fi elements which test the boundaries of fantasy and reality in many ways.

—John Sunier

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