Blood Father Reviewed by Andy Box

The Premise
An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
The Review
Mel Gibson is new man on fire.
As a Gibson fan it is great to see him back. He has starred in and directed some of the most watchable movies in the last thirty years (The Patriot, Ransom and Lethal Weapon, Apocalypto). His portrayal of an ex con, war veteran, motorcycle gang member who is also trying to stay sober is powerful and convincing. The man always was talented. If you like his work and his more abrasive characters then you will enjoy this.

Gibson plays Link to Erin Moriarty’s (True detective, The Watch) Lydia. She is stunningly vulnerable and surprisingly strong throughout and her scenes with Gibson crackle with humour and raw emotion.

I would like to have seen more of her back-story and extra screen time given to exploring their fragile father daughter relationship.

Gibson is supported theatrically and emotionally by William H Macy (Seabiscuit, Thank You for Smoking) who portrays geeky trailer neighbor Kirby (not the first time hes played a character with this name). He is also Links sponsor. The dialogue between these two is sharp, direct and playful and I feel the character of Kirby was a little underused by both writers and director.

The Verdict

Three strong performances combined with a solid script and some in your face action scenes means Gibson strikes gold. Well worth a trip to the movies for this one.
The Trailer
The Info
Releases: 8th September 2016
Rating: R16 – Contains Violence, offensive language & drug
Duration: 88 minutes
Genre:  Action/Thriller
Starring: Mel Gibson, William H. Macy, Elisabeth Röhm, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Thomas Mann
Director: Jean-François Richet ('Assault on Precinct 13', 'One Wild Moment')
The Extras
In 2008 Sylvester Stallone was planning to direct and star in an adaptation of Peter Craig's novel Blood Father.
This is another 88-minute Mel Gibson film concerning the protection of a family member, the first being Mad Max (1979).
The movie Lydia is watching in the theater is Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) which is directed by Jean-François Richet.
As of December 2015 has been in post-production for over a year without a trailer surfacing.