Blood Father (2016)
Critic Consensus: Blood Father meets every expectation a film fan could have for a latter-day Mel Gibson action thriller with its title -- and even, in some respects, handily exceeds them.
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Critic Reviews for Blood Father
Pretty much gives you all that you could want from a pulp fiction in which Mel Gibson plays a grizzled loner inking skin in a spot called the Missing Link Tattoo.
An efficient and pleasurable bad-man-tries-to-go-good exposition that gives Mel Gibson ample opportunity to flex his now-somewhat-grizzled movie-star muscle.
The movie's a small gem: a good old-fashioned chase picture, thickened with pulp.
Audience Reviews for Blood Father
A gritty and exciting crime thriller, Blood Father is a compelling tale of redemption. The story follows an ex-con whose drug addict daughter comes to him for help when she accidentally shoots her boyfriend during a robbery and is hunted down by his cartel. Mel Gibson and Erin Moriarty both give impressive performances and have a good father/daughter chemistry. And, the characters are well-written (particularly Gibson's) and there are some nice touches of dark humor. It can be kind of formulaic at times, but overall Blood Father powerful film about a father's love for his child.
I always hate myself just a little bit when I like a Mel Gibson film, but "Blood Father" is actually very good. Despite the inane tag line (viz., "A Father Makes His Own Justice"), the film has a good script (even if somewhat cliched at times) with interesting characters and fine cinematography. Gibson's performance is excellent. I'm not a big fan of the dynamic sound editing, but otherwise it's good. Overall, it's a pretty darn good film.
Say what you will about Mel Gibson but he is a very talented actor who's presence here elevates a rather basic revenge film. The direction is strong and faultless, just a shame the film has garnered the marketing it deserved from the distributor. Strong characters and the connection between father and daughter strengthens the final third. A good film and one that deserves a wider audience.
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