Emile Hirsch and John Cusack, two actors whose careers have seen better times, star in Never Grow Old, a dark Western about a religious town visited by the devil.
The devil would be Dutch Albert (Cusack), a sleazy gunslinger businessman who arrives in an old frontier town that has outlawed liquor; he promptly opens a saloon. The mayhem that follows him has a body count, and the local undertaker, Patrick (Hirsch), starts making a fine profit off all the kills.
Torn between all the extra money for his family and the fact that a lot of people, including friends, are dying, Patrick starts having thoughts about rising up against Dutch—but many more will die before Patrick works up the gumption to make a move.
Both actors are very good, with Cusack delivering his best work since his excellent turn in Love and Mercy. He’s played bad guys before, but this guy is really bad, and Cusack seizes the opportunity to let the evil out. Hirsch is decent as the good guy who needs to buck up and do the right thing.
Both actors have been doing duty in subpar movies of late (as have John Travolta, Nicolas Cage and Bruce Willis). Hopefully their strong turns here get them back on track.
Never Grow Old is available via online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com.