Despite a good concept, and a few humorous parts, He Never Died really flounders in execution due to both Jason Krawczyk's heavy-handed script and poor direction. Lacking both a focus and a momentum, it never really feels like it's going anywhere, and the film's directing lacks any sort of style, feeling generic. Henry Rollins and Kate Greenhouse give good performances, yet the emotion is stiff more often than not.
So my brother says, "What's this about?" I say, "I don't know, but I think he plays a psycho". He has that barely controlled rage which is compelling. He's an excellent storyteller in real life. Needless to say I was not able to convince my brother, so I watched it alone.
A superior genre exercise from director Jason Krawczyk featuring a perfectly cast Henry Rollins at his stoic best. Rollins plays a man doomed to walk the earth forever ('remember the bible? I was in that') forced to leave his self enforced tranquility when low level mobsters set their sites on him and his family. This is basically 'John Wick' if he was an immortal badass. Lots of fun in a 'John Dies at the End' way.
A solid turn from Henry Rollins can't save this one, unfortunately. Should've been a loveable, gross-out indie -- and it isn't without clever, funny moments -- but the meandering, episodic narrative, jarring tonal shifts and repetitive humor quickly wear thin.
La godibile trama riesce a risultare interessante, anche se ha degli aspetti mal sviluppati e viene portata avanti solo dall'interessante protagonista. Bel backgound, ma intuibile. Narrazione anticlimatica, ma un po' sottotono e, a volte, troppo sentimentale. Regia nella media, che non dà molta enfasi, ma ha momenti veramente ispirati, come il finale. Fotografia discreta e buone musiche. Recitazione un po' forzata
Like the punk-rock sibling of 'Only Lovers Left Alive', perhaps what's most disappointing about this deadpan genre fare is how lacking it is as both genre and satire/commentary. Despite a good 'twist', the film offers little insight into an eternity of perpetrating violence. The antipathy is probably the most realistic trait.