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The 9th Life Of Louis Drax Review

Very Good

With heavy overtones of Hitchcockian mystery and intrigue, this stylish thriller is the enjoyably melodramatic story of a rather odd 9-year-old boy and the adults caught in a twisted vortex around him. Emotive acting helps make the characters come to life, and the story's secrets keep the audience hooked as what's actually happening becomes horrifyingly clear.

Louis Drax (Alden Longworth) has had several close encounters with death in his first nine years. Is he immortal? Or just accident prone? His mother Natalie (Sarah Gadon) protects him fiercely, while his father Peter (Aaron Paul) clearly adores him. So what happened on his birthday, when Peter went missing and Louis ended up in a coma after falling from a cliff? While treating him, Dr Pascal (Jamie Dornan) becomes entangled in the drama of their life. He meets Louis' sardonic therapist (Oliver Platt) and Peter's manic mother (Barbara Hershey), and he also gets perhaps a bit too close to Natalie than he should.

Director Alexandre Aja and writer Max Mingella have a lot of fun stirring in references to Hitchcock films, including the San Francisco setting, switching identities, vertiginous heights and a dangerous blonde. They add so many mysteries and red herrings into the plot that the audience is kept happily off-balance for most of the film, waiting for the other shoes to drop. This means that everything feels somewhat overcooked, complete with fantasies, dreams and even some magic. But this gives the cast a lot to play with. Dornan is his usual charming, seductive self, haplessly wooing Natalie even though he already has a hot wife (McGregor). But then Gadon oozes vulnerable lustiness in her role, so he doesn't have much of a chance. And despite the obvious set-up, Paul creates a surprisingly complex character out of Peter, while Hershey has fun chomping on the scenery.

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Louis Drax is a young boy who lives with his mother and father, the family are close but each year Louis seemingly has a bad accident. His parents put this down to their son's clumsy ways but they're fully aware that something deeper might be at play.

It's Louis ninth birthday and he and his parents plan to go into the woods for a picnic to celebrate. As the trio begin to have a nice time, tragedy strikes and Louis is found at the bottom of a cliff.

In a deep coma, the young boy is transferred to a special coma unit where his vitals are monitored by acclaimed neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal. Louis had been technically dead for two hours before being rescued and the fact that he's reciprocating to any form of treatment is a miracle in itself.

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Alexandre Aja's Horns Sends Daniel Radcliffe In A New Direction


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As Daniel Radcliffe continues to experiment with movie genres, he has frequently mentioned that he is happiest about his role in the new thriller 'Horns', directed by maverick filmmaker Alexandre Aja. The 36-year-old writer-director has been playing with the horror genre since his 1999 feature debut 'Furia', a post-apocalyptic romp starring a little-known Marion Cotillard.

Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple in Horns
Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple are star-crossed lovers in 'Horns'

After the vicious 'High Tension' (2003) and a pair of remakes ('The Hills Have Eyes' and 'Mirrors'), Aja took a sharp left turn into comedy with the hit 'Piranha 3D'. And now he's combined humour with terror for 'Horns', in which Daniel Radcliffe plays a hapless guy who is suspected of killing his girlfriend (Juno Temple), but discovers that the horns growing out of his head might help him find the real murderer. 

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Horns Review


Good

With his most stylish film yet, horror specialist Alexandre Aja takes a wildly irreverent approach, packing the screen with rude humour, visual flourishes and spiky characters. But it's assembled in such a rapid-fire way that it's difficult to get a handle on anything, which makes the movie feel like a series of outrageous set-pieces without a coherent plot to hold them together. The likeable actors help bring their characters to life, but the film is too hyperactive to let us engage with any of them.

It's set in a small town near Seattle, where Ig (Daniel Radcliffe) is in shock after his childhood sweetheart Merrin (Juno Temple) was violently murdered. Then he becomes the prime suspect, and the media have a field day. So he hires his lifelong pal Lee (Max Minghella) as his lawyer, partly because he's the only person in town who believes he's innocent. This includes Ig's parents (James Remar and Kathleen Quinlan) and brother (Joe Anderson). As the situation continues to deteriorate, Ig suddenly discovers that horns are growing on his head and no one seems very shocked by this. They also seem unable to lie in his presence, so he decides to use this to find out who really killed Merrin. Along the way he gets a shocking glimpse into what everyone in town really thinks about each other.

The film is an assault on the senses, as Aja packs every moment with outrageous sights and sounds, encouraging the actors to sometimes drift over the line into broad slapstick. He also fills the screen with religious imagery, including churches, crosses, pitchforks and snakes, all hinting that Ig's transformation is connected with his loss of faith. Or maybe it's just part of the film's jokey attitude. But as pieces of the central mystery slowly fall into place, the movie seems to become looser and less coherent. Even when the real villain is identified, there's still at least half an hour of flashbacks and revelations, confrontations and conclusions, none of which are particularly surprising or satisfying.

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Horns - Alternative Trailer


Following the mysterious death of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple), Ig Perrish (Daniel Redcliffe) wakes up from with a hangover and no recollection of the night before. When horns begin to steadily grow out of his head, and the local people begin to believe that Perrish is guilty of raping and murdering Williams, Perrish decides that the time has come to find his girlfriend's killer, once and for all - so that she may finally rest in peace, and he can save both his name and his soul from eternal damnation. 

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Horns - International Trailer


Following the vicious rape and murder of his girlfriend Merrin Williams, Ig Perrish goes on a grief-ridden binge and awakens the next morning with the mother of all hangovers. He also discovers two horn like growths pushing through his temples which appear to be growing larger. He visits a friend and shows her his new appendages, but to his surprise she seems untroubled by the unusual deformity - as do the reporters that Ig is struggling to shake off since being acquitted of Merrin's murder. More unusual still, he also finds that everyone is sharing their darkest secrets and desires with him, including his doctor who is also unfazed by his appearance. As he becomes used to the horns, Ig also discovers he has another ability - he has the power to control the actions of nearly everyone he comes into contact with.

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Horns Trailer


Ig Perrish wakes up after a particularly drunken night with a very sore head - though, as it turns out, this is no ordinary hangover. He finds that he is somehow growing horns from his tempes, following the brutal murder of his girlfriend. Having been the prime suspect in the case, the media are swamping him everyday since he was absolved, and it seems no-one actually believes he was really innocent. Checking out his new growths, he visits one of the few friends he still has but is amazed to see that she neither looks surprised or troubled by them. As the day goes on, he visits a doctor, but soon discovers that everyone appears to be being painfully honest with him about their private thoughts - and not only that, but he seems to have to power to control their actions too.

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Daniel Radcliffe Touts 'Horns' At Comic-Con 2014


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Daniel Radcliffe was the star attraction at Comic-Con International 2014 on Friday (July 25, 2014), touting his new dramedy 'Horns' - an adaption of the Joe Hill novel by the supremely talented Alexandre Aja

Horns

Radcliffe, who turned 25 this week, plays Ig - a man falsely accused of killing his girlfriend who then begins growing a set of horns that have a mysterious dishibiting effect on those around him. 

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Alexandre Aja - 38th Toronto International Film Festival - 'Horns' - Premiere - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Saturday 7th September 2013

Juno Temple and Alexandre Aja

Maniac Review


Good

Aside from being an exercise in point-of-view cinema, it's not clear why French filmmaker Khalfoun (P2) bothered to remake the notorious 1980 slasher horror. This version certainly doesn't include any of the subtext that made 80s horror so intriguing. Instead, it strings together a thin plotline as an excuse for extremely grisly violence and whizzy camerawork. That's enough to hold our interest, but it never gets under the skin.

It's set on the side-streets of Los Angeles, where Frank (Wood) lives in the family mannequin shop haunted by memories of his trashy mother (Olivo). A true psychopath, Frank prowls the streets at night attacking women and scalping them to create a sinister mannequin tableau back home. When he meets the French photographer Anna (Arnezeder), he decides to try and live a normal life. She is intrigued by his shop, and wants the mannequins for her gallery exhibition. But how long will it be before Frank snaps?

Filmed completely through Frank's eyes, we only get glimpses of Wood in mirrors and in a couple of eerie out-of-body shots along the way. But Khalfoun stirs in fantasy sequences, memories and delusions as well, trying to get us into the mind of this mild-mannered killer. Much of this is bravura filmmaking, with long takes and complicated camera angles combining with above-average make-up effects. With all of the brutality aimed at women, the film definitely recaptures the misogynistic tone of those 1980s video-nasties.

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Piranha 3D Review


Very Good
A blast of black humour, much of it referring to other films, makes this riotously violent remake rather a lot of fun. And apart from the gleefully grisly 3D effects, the casting alone is a stroke of genius.

Arizona's Lake Victoria is being invaded by virtually naked young people during spring break, but teen Jake (McQueen) has to babysit his young siblings (Brooklynn Proulx and Sage Ryan) because his mother Julie (Shue) is especially busy as the town sheriff. As a sleazy filmmaker (O'Connell) hires Jake to show him the lake, Julie is investigating evidence that an underwater rift has released a school of voracious prehistoric piranhas. So not only must she get all of these drunken revellers out of the water, but she needs to make sure her kids are safe.

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Alexandre Aja Movies

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

With heavy overtones of Hitchcockian mystery and intrigue, this stylish thriller is the enjoyably melodramatic...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Trailer

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Trailer

Louis Drax is a young boy who lives with his mother and father, the family...

Horns Movie Review

Horns Movie Review

With his most stylish film yet, horror specialist Alexandre Aja takes a wildly irreverent approach,...

Horns Trailer

Horns Trailer

Following the mysterious death of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple), Ig Perrish (Daniel Redcliffe)...

Horns Trailer

Horns Trailer

Following the vicious rape and murder of his girlfriend Merrin Williams, Ig Perrish goes on...

Horns Trailer

Horns Trailer

Ig Perrish wakes up after a particularly drunken night with a very sore head -...

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Maniac Movie Review

Maniac Movie Review

Aside from being an exercise in point-of-view cinema, it's not clear why French filmmaker Khalfoun...

Piranha 3D Movie Review

Piranha 3D Movie Review

A blast of black humour, much of it referring to other films, makes this riotously...

Mirrors Trailer

Mirrors Trailer

Trailer for Mirrors.Ben Carson is an ex-police officer, he finds a new job as a...

P2 Movie Review

P2 Movie Review

Someone -- either screenwriters Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur or director Franck Khalfoun -- is...

The Hills Have Eyes (2006) Movie Review

The Hills Have Eyes (2006) Movie Review

The Hills Have Eyes is a truly American horror film. Like Manifest Destiny gone horribly...

High Tension Movie Review

High Tension Movie Review

Though he claims it was inspired by the classic '70s slasher classics of his youth,...

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