The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)
Starring Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aiden Longworth, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey, and Aaron Paul
Directed by Alexandre Aja
That summary fails to include the sea creature that Louis communicates with while in his coma, the psychologist (Oliver Platt) whom Louis sees to try and make him "less weird" as he calls himself, the female cop (Molly Parker) investigating the possible crime who we know is tough because she's chewing gum in the morgue while her male partner tries to hold back from vomiting, the sex scene between Dr. Pascal and Natalie -- all of which add to an incongruous mashup of a movie that at any point feels like a live-action kids film from the 1980s, a poorly constructed murder mystery, or a horror-fantasy flick in the vein of Pan's Labyrinth.
Yet, somehow, I didn't stop watching. Perhaps I kept hoping that Jamie Dornan and Sarah Gadon's acting would get better. Perhaps I hoped that the sea monster would be real. Perhaps I hoped that I wouldn't have guessed the mystery of how Louis fell off the cliff from the get-go. None of those "perhaps's" became true, however, and instead The 9th Life of Louis Drax is a mess. There is some interesting direction to be sure, but beyond that there's nothing else worth wasting your time with here.
The RyMickey Rating: D