If there is one thing better than Henry Rollins playing the lead in a movie, it is Henry Rollins playing the lead in a motherfucking horror movie. To be honest though I actually avoided watching this movie ever since it came out because I was worried that it would suck, and that finding any possible way to defend it would be a joyless and ultimately fruitless task. Thankfully it did not suck. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it certainly did not suck. Phew!
Rollins plays Jack, a socially awkward loner whose only interactions with the outside world are his daily trips to a local diner, games of bingo at a local church hall and the occasional back alley dealings with a sketchy medical intern. Jack's minimalist lifestyle and daily routine is rudely interrupted however when he discovers that he has a teenage daughter that he never knew about, and seemingly random hoodlums begin trying to kill him. Don't you hate it when that happens?! Luckily for Jack, and unluckily for the poor sons of bitches that try to kill him, he is a rock hard, merciless, immortal bastard. The failed attempts on his life escalate to the kidnap of his newly discovered daughter forcing Jack to confront his tormentors and reveal his true self.
One of the reasons for my concern about this movies' sucking potential was Rollins' ability to carry a movie on his own. He is fine in supporting roles but would he have the acting chops to pull off a lead role? Well, I was a fool, A FOOL to doubt him. He was bloody excellent! In all fairness I don't think "socially awkward loner" was too much a stretch for him as I am pretty sure that description wouldn't be far off the mark for the man himself, but even so, the boy did good. This was a really interesting, slow burner of a movie which was actually pretty funny at times too. If you're in the market for action, action, action then I wouldn't recommend it, but if you like your horror methodical and cerebral with a smattering of dark humour and a whole lot of Henry freakin' Rollins then this flick is definitely the one for you.