The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)
Alexandre Aja’s frustratingly uneven track record continues with The 9th Life of Louis Drax, a film so tonally unstable in makes his previous oddball work Horns seem straightforward in comparison. At worst, it’s much duller than it looks – but on the odd occasion that it clicks, the film is just unusual enough recommend a viewing for anyone curious. Aja never really settles on a discernible rhythm or shape for this adaptation of Liz Jensen’s novel, which comes across as a muddle of bad marriages, mind control, dream sequences, sea monsters and mysterious letters. The 9th Life of Louis Drax fluctuates between Jean-Pierre Jeunet-style magic realism and Hitchcock-tinged psychological mystery, and both fail to create effective drama. Jamie Dornan is laughably miscast, out of his depth as a coma doctor, but there’s unintentional comedy to be had watching him attempt to voice a 9-year-old kid.