“The 9th Life of Louis Drax” is a twisty, Hitchcockian thriller blended with trippy snapshots of enchanted authenticity. What’s more, if that doesn’t sound on paper like it would work, well, it does. What’s more, it doesn’t.
French loathsomeness executive Alexandre Aja (“High Tension,” “The Hills Have Eyes”) tries to juggle a scramble of pictures and tonal moves here as he did in his 2014 film “Horns,” which featured Daniel Radcliffe as a young fellow associated with murder who truly grows horns from his brow as he acknowledges his new, naughty part. Radcliffe’s co-star in that motion picture, Max Minghella, composed the script for “The 9th Life of Louis Drax” in view of the novel by Liz Jensen. Possibly a portion of the more fantastical thoughts worked better in the book; seeing them enlivened on screen, it’s hard not to respect their aspiration, regardless of the possibility that they don’t generally blend into a firm, fulfilling film.