Basic Instinct meets A Monster Calls in this overly complicated fantasy mystery for the Ritalin Generation. It is utter twaddle, packed full of dimestore psychology posing as cutting-edge science – plus it is really obvious who the baddy is.
The film is based on the last but one novel by eminent American novelist Philip Roth which was published in 2008, for which the author, then aged 75, drew on his own youth in the sexually repressed America of 1951.
Based on the novel by British writer Liz Jensen, this psychological thriller has an interesting premise and a good cast. Much of it happens inside the head of the eponymous Louis (Longworth), a nine year old boy with a remarkable, accident prone history.