Blu-ray Review: The 9th Life Of Louis Drax


The 9th Life of Louis Drax is based on the international best-selling novel by Liz Jensen. The movie was directed by Alexandre Aja and stars Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul, Aiden Longworth, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, and Barbara Hershey.

After surviving eight near-death accidents throughout his unlucky life, Louis Drax (Aiden Longworth) plunges off a steep cliff on his ninth birthday. While police investigate the cause of Louis’s near-fatal fall and the whereabouts of his violent father, Peter (Aaron Paul), acclaimed neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal (Jamie Dornan) uses unorthodox techniques to try to tap into the boy’s unconscious mind and reveal the truth about the events that led to his condition. But as he’s drawn deeper and deeper into the mystery of Louis’s seeming ability to cheat death, the doctor finds himself falling for Louis’s mother, Natalie (Sarah Gadon). As new clues emerge in the case, a shocking revelation changes the fates of Louis Drax and everyone around him.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The 9th Life of Louis Drax at best was an okay watch even though it had so much potential to be a great one. The concept is a really interesting one, and the cast assembled do a great job with their characters, but Alex Aja just didn’t get the job done with his vision. Sadly, Aja’s storytelling here is the weakest link of the movie even though I’m a fan of the filmmaker. It is way too much of a slow burn plus it jumps around a little too much as the story plays out and the pieces of the puzzle come together. Still, it’s the story and cast that salvage the watch and make it a decent enough of a watch to get through. It’s a story of hope and love with a dark twist inserted but it felt like it was missing something else – heart. The movie is one part drama, one part thriller, with an element of fantasy thrown. Think movies like Pan’s Labyrinth and A Monster Calls where there’s a “mysterious monster” introduced that comes in to help the central character. The 9th Life of Louis Drax arrives on Blu-ray+Digital HD on February 7th. Rent it before you buy it.

Distributor: Lionsgate

Run Time: 108 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features:

  • “Making of The 9th Life of Louis Drax” Featurette
  • Digital HD Copy


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