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He Never Died (2015)

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Jack, a social outcast, is thrust out of his comfort zone when the outside world bangs on his door and he can't contain his violent past.

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Jason Krawczyk

Writer:

Jason Krawczyk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Rollins ... Jack
Booboo Stewart ... Jeremy
Kate Greenhouse ... Cara
Jordan Todosey ... Andrea
David Richmond-Peck ... Steve (as David Richmond Peck)
James Cade ... Short
Don Francks ... Goatee Man
Steven Ogg ... Alex
Scott Edgecombe Scott Edgecombe ... Bartender
Robert Thomas Robert Thomas ... Bathroom Man
Elias Edraki ... Ben
Tamara Almeida ... Clerk
Walter Alza ... Derrick
Scotty Cook ... Flying Man
Karl Campbell ... Gary
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Storyline

Jack's in a rut. Depression and severe anti-social behavior has whittled down his existence to sleeping and watching television. He spends his days in a diner, playing church bingo and sleeping. When some hired thugs show up Jack's life is stirred up and the question of his existence comes to light. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for bloody violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ele Nunca Morre See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Color
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Trivia

In the movie, the Latin phrase which Jack reads from his ancient Roman knife is: "leginum convictio scientia veritate." This phrase is very significant because it is read by Jack while sitting in an alley after fleeing his apartment with the clear intention to disappear forever and let his daughter die at the hands of her abductors. Jack picks up the knife and squeezes it while thinking about his past in the Roman army and reading the Latin inscription on the knife. In an instant he changes his mind and decides not to run and abandon his daughter. So, he packs the knife in his bag and in the next scene he surprises his "girlfriend" by asking her to help rescue his daughter. Ultimately he rescues his daughter, confronts the God of the Old Testament and walks away from an opportunity to eat his foe. So, the Latin phrase on the knife caused Jack to value his daughter's life and in that small way he reconnected with humanity.

The Latin phrase means: "Legion: Certainty of belief and knowledge of truth." When Jack grips the knife and thinks about this quote, he recalls the fellowship of battle when he was a part of something larger than himself and when he fought for things he knew were true. That inspires him to rescue his daughter in order to honor his long-ago commitment to do what he knows is right. This interpretation is consistent with his later comment that he is not rescuing his daughter for her sake or even in order to confront his enemy. He said, "I'm doing this for me." So, the Latin phrase inspired Jack to take action and act with integrity rather than to run away and continue to ignore his fundamental need for human contact. The Latin quote and Jack's reaction to it constitute a hopeful note in Jack's struggle to recapture his humanity. See more »

Goofs

Right before the fight in the diner, Cara pours coffee over Jack's hand which is covering the opening of his mug because he does not want coffee. His right hand is resting under the table. The camera cuts to a different angle, and we see Jack take his *right* hand from the general location of the mug's top, then he shakes it as if trying to rid it of spilled coffee. See more »

Quotes

Cara: I don't know what you don't understand about this. I refuse, okay? You're probably just going to kill another room full of people.
Jack: [shakes his head noncommittally]
Cara: You are?
Jack: Probably.
Cara: Come on!
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Quiet Man
Written by Judy Klass
Performed by Judy Klass Band
Courtesy of Warp & Woof Records
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It's as hardcore as the man who stars in it.
22 December 2015 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

He Never Died picked the perfect man to star in this movie. I don't know if Henry Rollins was the filmmaker's choice for the role or the role just fits him like a tailored suit, but it feels so Rollins.

It's a low budget movie about monsters and demons done well. The filmmakers did a lot with what little they had. No huge special visual effects or making up. Usual when movies are unable to fit that into the budget it makes the whole thing cheesy but they came up with an excellent story plot that makes up for it. Plus, the tone the movie was laid out in adds depth (and some cool violent scenes) that takes the place of monster effects as well.

The technical film making does not look cheap like I was expecting for a movie in this caliber. It was a stellar production.

A stellar production that relied greatly on the wonderful acting being done, especially by Rollins himself. An easy task possibly, as it seems he's playing a man he can relate to on a level.

I saw Rollins star in the sequel to Wrong Turn and just like that movie, he was the best part of the experience, but unlike Wrong turn 2, He Never Died has more than Rollins going for it.


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