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2.4
141 Ratings

Blood Father

Directed by Jean-François Richet
France, United States, 2016
Drama

Synopsis

An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

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Blood Father Directed by Jean-François Richet
The movie strikes just the right balance, tough but self-aware – and blessed with a sense of humour, right from the opening moments when Lydia buys cartons of bullets for Jonah and his gang (the clerk doesn’t bat an eye) but isn’t allowed to buy cigarettes without an ID. Gibson is the main attraction here, effortlessly shifting to movie-star mode when John briefly acts like a real dad.
November 08, 2016
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Aided immensely by Benoît Debie’s smoothly glossy cinematography, Gibson’s previous star vehicle, 2012’s Get the Gringo, leveraged his mania for guilty-pleasure entertainment. But Jean-François Richet’s film is a far more slapdash effort, essentially consisting of a series of set pieces in which, after some preliminary narrative-development throat-clearing, one cheap set after another is destroyed.
October 07, 2016
Mr. Gibson makes a persuasive derelict John Wayne with a loose, energetic performance, finely tuned comic timing and an amused, self-aware Lethal Weapon glint. As the guns come out, that glint grows harder and Mr. Gibson’s body almost seems to as well, as if he were developing muscle as needed. It’s such a strong performance that in moments, despite Mr. Richet’s attention to detail — the shiny chrome, the desperados, the pretty sun-kissed color — the movie all but fades, leaving only Mr. Gibson.
August 25, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Blood Father

    Mel Gibson: fiery rage. Dude's still has it. Delivers an action film, sans sweat. Could, very realistically, pull off, STILL, the Mad Max franchise by himself. Literally pull all films single-handedly with his veiny arms, that veteran body of his & a mischievous DILF grin on his face. His acting's Oh so up there, his performance so strong yet subtle.Huge hats off to Erin Moriarty (Oscar, that you?) for a great role ▽

  • Palmat's rating of the film Blood Father

    This movie could have been great but too many things misfired really. First of all the actress who played the daughter was not very good and had zero chemistry with Gibson. Luna was horribly miscast as the baddie and the script felt very under developed. Gibson is watchable as always and stuggles to inject some grittiness and gravitas into this lame movie. There are however good things here, but not enough of them.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Blood Father

    Solid vehicle for Mel Gibson despite a script without a hint of originality or sense. That said it's certainly watchable enough and the slow burn of Gibson's performance leading to the escalating violence we expect delivers. A fair slice of action flick that we've seen done many times before...and better. 'Payback' comes to mind.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Blood Father

    As a fan of the Mesrine films, I expected this to be of a similar calibre - but I was disappointed, despite all the potential. Unfortunately, the dialogue was about as dull and plodding as it gets, while the overall style was a big confused - sometimes looking like a made-for-TV movie, other times opting for a kinetic, nearly-arthouse aesthetic. Mel was certainly doing the best he could with what he had to work with.

  • Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Blood Father

    It has the overwhelming action-packed scenes as its strongest aspect and the dramatic father/daughter relationship as its most vulnerable point.

  • J.J. 'Jake' Gittes's rating of the film Blood Father

    You must admit, Mel Gibson is good in this movie. Whether you like the person Mel Gibson or not, this is a different story; and, yeah, surely he makes it difficult to like him. Here, as John Link, he is doing fine because he’s essentially playing the uncomfortable parts of himself. He is not only fighting for his daughter in trouble; but in reality he is fighting with his inner demons & the evils of his character.

  • †. Kennedy Pope's rating of the film Blood Father

    Sometimes a father-daughter action flick is about a father's sacrifice to save his girl from the gripping jaws of evil men. Other times it's about a father's misfortune to have his POS estranged daughter back in his life, who then proceeds to destroy everything he's built for himself. Blood Father would be the latter, and it only told this story kind of okay.

  • spiderliliez's rating of the film Blood Father

    Think "Taken" but a little more rugged along the edges. That's "Blood Father" for you. It's your typical family revenge film. I actually didn't see anything special. But I'm not complaining. I was still quite entertained for most of the ride. What's great though, is that Mel's character was actually a good example for alcoholics. He didn't disappoint.

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