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.
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.
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 ▽
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.
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.
For low grade B-movies, Blood Father was surprisingly entertaining and mercifully short. Mel Gibson is still a fun presence in genre films if you can separate the performance from the person. I love the way Gibson curses, like he belonged in Deadwood. Nothing incredibly special, but a great way to kill 88 minutes.
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.
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.