A great movie that never tells you what it fully is.
A 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 loved 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.