The director of Horns, Piranha 3D and others is bringing a haunting best-seller to the screen.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax is based on a well-received novel (Booklist called it "a literary thriller that's almost impossible to put down") by Liz Jensen and stars Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) as a doctor investigating the mysterious case of a young boy (Aiden Longworth) who falls from a cliff on his 9th birthday and somehow survives, albeit in a coma, after being clinically dead for two hours.
When evidence suggests that little Louis was pushed from the cliff, suspicion falls on his missing father (Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad), while his emotionally unstable mother (Sarah Gadon) draws closer to the doctor. And all the while, there seems to be some sort of presence inhabiting the room in which Louis -- the only one who may know the truth -- is sleeping.
The French-born Aja broke through early in his career with the gory, ultra-violent High Tension, followed by his even nastier remake of The Hills Have Eyes, and has continued to alternate between visceral violence and more psychological terrors in movies like Mirrors, his highly campy Piranha remake and Horns, which was based on the novel by Joe Hill. The goings-on in The 9th Life of Louis Drax look more ghostly in nature and less bload-soaked.
I haven't read the book, but it's gotten plenty of good reviews, and it will be interesting to see how Aja handles what might be a more psychologically and emotionally complex story than he's had to work with the past. The trailer and official synopsis are below. Also starring Oliver Platt, Molly Parker and Barbara Hershey, The 9th Life of Louis Drax will hit theaters on Sept. 2.
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’ 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’ seeming ability to cheat death, the doctor finds himself falling for Louis’ mother, Natalie [Sarah Gadon]. As new clues emerge in the case, a shocking revelation changes the fates of Louis Drax and everyone around him.
(via The Wrap)