“He Never Died” – 2015 Fantasia Film Review


Henry Rollins plays Jack.  Jack is a hard, hard man.  He speaks economically and does not hide his displeasure.  And everything displeases him.  Preferring to be left alone, he responds awkwardly – at best – to expressions of concern or kindness.  Or, at worse, with a matter-of-fact hostility.

Should you insult Jack, he will respond with violence.  Jack really only likes three things aside from solitude:  A quiet booth at a neighborhood diner, Senior Citizen Bingo, and a nice solid punch in the face.  Okay, so maybe he doesn’t like that last one, but it doesn’t really faze him either.  He’s survived worse.  Much worse.

Jack has a history.  He doesn’t like to talk about it, but he’s done a bit of everything.  Including time.  Lots of time.  When asked his age he remarks, “I don’t know.  But I’m in the Bible if that means anything.”  You want to believe him.  The waitress at the diner does.  She’s seen him do incredible things.

Jack also has a daughter.  He wasn’t aware of this until she showed up at his door, but suddenly, her life changes his.  When his daughter is threatened, all hell breaks loose.  You really don’t want to piss off Jack.  Let me say that again.  Do. Not. Piss. Off. Jack.

Henry Rollins is simply brilliant as the taciturn mystery man, delivering lines like blows to the head, and blows to the head like a collision with the end-of-times.  Jordan Todosey is also excellent as his daughter, as is Kate Greenhouse as a would-be love interest.  “He Never Died” is easily one of the best films screened at Fantasia this year.

“He Never Died” received its International premiere at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival on July 26.  The festival runs through August 5.  For further information go to http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2015/en