There’s a good premise here with He Never Died, but writer-director Jason Krawczyk can’t save this one from the junk heap.
Henry Rollins plays Jack, a grumpy loner who hangs around in diners and plays bingo for a living. Jack has a big trunk in his apartment containing a bunch of money that keeps him from having to work.
When his long lost-daughter (Jordan Todosey) comes knocking at the door, he’s required to socialize a little more than he cares to. That socializing includes talking to Cara (Kate Greenhouse), the sweet, caring waitress from the diner where he gets his hot tea. For whatever reason, Jack’s daughter is kidnapped, and he must swing into action.
That swinging into action includes eating human flesh for reasons never fully explained. It turns out Jack is very old—Bible old—and I guess he needs to eat people to stay alive or something. Krawczyk’s script never really tells us what it is. The film has a fun idea, but poor execution.
Rollins is an OK choice for the central role. It’s sort of appropriate that the character is a bit wooden and stiff, so his lack of acting skills actually works out fine. Sadly, the supporting performances around him are often very weak and overdone.
He Never Died is available on iTunes.