Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Day 23: He Never Died (2015) 1h 39m
I have to begin this review with full disclosure: I have a Black Flag tattoo, I own almost every book Henry Rollins has ever written, I have seen Rollins Band live, I have seen Henry Rollins do spoken word live, I have DVDs of Henry Rollins doing spoken word live, I have many random and terrible movies because he is in them. The point is that I am a fan of Henry Rollins and the work he does.
However, this does not rose tint my perception of him as an actor. I know that he isn't the greatest actor. Hell, he knows he isn't the greatest actor and has said so on many an occasion. With that out of the way, as He Never Died went on, I think he just might have been the right person for this film.
A simple rundown of the film goes as such: Henry Rollins plays Jack. Jack pretty much doesn't care about much of anything and just has his routine. He has an air of "seen it all," so he is pretty blasé to the world. We come to find he has a daughter, but more importantly that he can't be killed. People keep trying, and a lower level mob is involved, but after his daughter is kidnapped he finally takes an interest to the world.
There's much more to the story such biblical and supernatural tie-ins, but in truth I don't want to spoil those. As a whole, the film did start a bit slow and I wasn't sure how to take Henry's flat affect. Although as time went some actual character began to peak out before he gets his actual definition in the world. Hearing things like "I remember I hate you" in such a deadpan tone is actually really funny and, in truth, Jack's dryness makes the emotional moments have a greater impact.
I give He Never Died 3.5 pictures of Henry Rollins holding a cobra that I screen capped from the Illumination video out of 5: