He Never Died, starring Henry Rollins [FILM REVIEW]

He Never Died, starring Henry Rollins [FILM REVIEW]

Monday, 25 January 2016

He Never Died – Film Review


“Jack’s in a rut. Depression and severe anti-social behavior has whittled down his existence to sleeping and watching television. Seeing the human race as little more than meat with a pulse, Jack has no interest to bond with anyone. There’s little purpose for him to make friends with someone he’d eventually eat or outlive by more than a millennia. The fuse is lit when Jack’s past comes back to rattle him. Jack must now walk a tight rope of sobriety and try to eat as few people as possible in this violent tale of personal responsibility.”

The premise for this movie is that the character which Henry Rollins plays has been walking the earth for a very long period of time. The further you get into the movie, the more he reveals about his condition and who he actually is. A tortured soul being punished for the most grievous of all sins; the very first murder.

Can Henry Rollins act? For the role of this character, I’d say that “yes, he can act”. This character is a very fucked up man. He has a lot of emotional problems and has extremely bad luck in the way that he draws unsavory characters into his life. He speaks in short, blunt phrases that do not give the listener enough information to discern what it really is that he is talking about. Further questioning brings out more short, blunt phrases which added up give you enough information to figure out what the hell he means.

He goes by the name, “Jack” in the story but he in time reveals that he’s been called other names during the decades, and centuries that he’s been alive. Jack’s problem is that he cannot die, even though he gets beat the hell up by the unsavory characters he has to deal with and he is left to suffer from the scars and bruises he receives.

He Never Died is a blending of supernatural horror film and black comedy, so be prepared for weirdness and gore. One thing that I didn’t really like about the story was that Jack seems to be pretty defeated by the life he’s led. He would sleep all day if he could get away with it, but for some reason he just keeps running into people that don’t like him and want to cause him harm. He’s pretty much the meanest mother-fucker in the land though, and no one that crosses his path ends up smiling. He knows what it is that he did wrong in life that brought this curse upon himself but he seems resolved that there is nothing he can do about it.

As far as how well this film was made to exemplify Henry’s acting skills, it’s a fairly low budget operation and with sparse special effects (other than pretty impressively manufactured sound effects), I think the producers and director pulled off a very effective feat. Henry is low key and morose and the plotting and cinematography match his grungy centuries tired character’s mood and energy.

There is more to the plot than I am giving exposure to here. There are people in the story that have personal connections to him, an ex-wife that he hates, a waitress at a greasy spoon restaurant that is trying to figure him out, and a grown-up alcoholic daughter that he never knew he was the parent of.

I heartily recommend watching this film if you are a fan of Henry Rollins, or if you are a fan of low-key horror. I heartily give He Never Died an 8/10 rating.



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Release Date:

18 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Он никогда не умирал See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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