HE NEVER DIED is about Jack, a man of few words with a severe social awkwardness. He is made to do things he doesn't want to when his past comes back to give birth to a new plethora of problems. His past and his future now depend on what he does next, and how much he cares.
Before you continue reading, know that there will be some SPOILERS in this review.
Looking at the pictures, this movie looks like a movie about a fallen angel, which isn't quite true. It is about a fallen man, a man who has lived many lives, and was birthed at the beginning of time. He now roams the earth, living life after life, reinventing himself every hundred years. His secret, he is a vampire of sorts. The only true vampire. Now, don't look at this review and say, "Ugh, another vampire movie...boo." It isn't what you'd expect.
When this movie came out it wasn't loved, nor is it well known. Even now it isn't well known among horror fans. It is hidden a little by it's description. It looks like it will be a movie about a fallen angel trying to make things right, and that is not what this movie is about at all.
Henry Rollins, who plays the main character, Jack, is great in this roll. He is quiet and keeps to himself, just based on a looks alone, this is a role Rollins was destined to play. Jack finds out that suddenly he is a father and his teenage daughter needs saving. Her mother calls him and yells at him that he needs to go pick her up because she doesn't want the daughter to drive drunk. Reluctantly he agrees. After spending some time doing nothing with his daughter he finds that he enjoys her a little, but he still doesn't want to be a father. His past then comes knocking at his door, several times, trying to end his life. What people don't seem to know is that due to his nature, he isn't killed easily, and when he kills he likes to eat his victims. Oh, did I not mention that he is a cannibal?
So, I really enjoyed this movie. It was funny, quirky, and at times horrific, but throughout it all, it was ninety-five percent enjoyable. There were some moments that seemed a little too obvious and cliche, but overall this movie was very enjoyable. Jack is very matter-of-fact in his dialogue, which is perfect for his character, but it also was very fun because I never knew how he was going to react to the situations he was in.
Jordan Todosey, who plays Jack's daughter, Andrea, was funny and written quite well. I did wonder about her a little because she seemed at ease with a man she didn't know. Also, she kept asking him what he did and he kept showing her (he slept, ate, played bingo), but throughout she continued to ask. It seemed to me as if she wasn't really trying to get to know him, since she wasn't asking a lot of personal questions.
There were other characters that made this movie the fun, gore fest that it was (there was quite a lot of blood and eating of body parts), Cara, was the waitress at the diner he visited every day. She falls into his life and isn't sure that is where she should, or wants, to be. And finally there is David, a man who continually has the crap beaten out of him, but continues to prevail in continuing to live.
This may not be a movie for everyone, but for me it was fun. I enjoyed the quiet nature of Jack, and I enjoyed the humor throughout the movie. The only disappointing part of this movie was the ending, which seemed a little lackluster compared to the rest of the movie. I'd watch it again though. It was fun and not at all what I expected.