Blood Father (2016) Review

Rating: 8 / 10

A great action/thriller that doesn’t dwell too much in to action but in to drama. With that showing how talented Mel Gibson can be.

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


  • Mel Gibson as John Link
  • Erin Moriarty as Lydia Link
  • William H. Macy as Kirby Curtis
  • Michael Parks as Preacher
  • Diego Luna as Jonah Pincerna
  • and many more

Directed by: Jean-François Richet

Produced by: Chris Briggs, Peter Craig, Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien K. Lemercier

Written by: Peter Craig (screenplay), Andrea Berloff (screenplay)

Based on: Blood Father: A Novel by Peter Craig

Mel Gibson – troubled actor, who had a great actor career in the 90’s and proved that he is a talented director with The Passion of the Christ, but after 2006 (when he got arrested for DUI and said some bad things) his career has been in trouble. Not being the bankable actor that he was, he hasn’t received good roles where he could show his talent. Lately starring as a villain in The Expendables 3 didn’t quite count as his return but was close. With Blood Father, Mel Gibson’s career might recover and prove that he is a great actor.

So let’s start to talk about the movie. I was surprised how good it was. When the trailer was released, I thought this will be another action movie with boring everything. But I was wrong. With the style of directing and the cinematography, this movie reminded me of the 90’s action movies. But you can’t call this movie action/thriller. This was almost close to a drama. The plot was interesting – with giving us great dialogues between the characters, we get to know them more and the movie gets interesting with all of that. It doesn’t go deep into shooting and blowing things up and that is good. Sometimes action movies do that and they overdo all of that. For me it was well balanced – putting more thought to the characters and the plot, not the action part.

Jean-François Richet did a great job with directing. The movie looked simple but some shots that were filmed looked really good but those good shots were not that many. In cinematography the movie didn’t bring nothing new. But still the movie was enjoyable and looked good.

The biggest highlight of the movie was the acting of Mel Gibson. When first he appears on the screen he just looks badass and awesome. With this troubled character he brings his own life experience in the role and the character gets better and better – you start to sympathize with him throughout the movie. Some of the scenes with the character is so intense and awesome – you just can’t get enough of the character. For me he was really great in this movie and it was great to see him back on the screen in a lead role.

Mel Gibson wasn’t the only one with his acting that made the movie so good. As always I have loved the acting of Michael Parks (Tusk, Red State) and in this movie, with not that big role in it, he was great. I loved how always he can play a crazy guy and sometimes feel menacing in his movies. A highlight.

While the acting of Mel Gibson and Michael Parks made the movie great. The acting of Erin Moriarty as Lydia Link was the downside of the movie. Giving us a plain and a little unemotional role almost 2/3 of the movie, it was hard to watch her. At the end her character started to get better and she tried more at the end with her acting. She should have tried more at the beginning then the movie would have been greater.

Overall the movie is great and a must watch for everybody that enjoy action movies with good dialogues and good characters. Mel Gibson brings his best in this one and it might even be his comeback movie. Let’s try to forgive all the things that he did in the past and enjoy the talent he brings to the big screen.

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