Blood Father (2016)

Directed by Jean-Francois Richet

Starring Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, William H. Macy

Having time on my hands has allowed me to find films on Netflix that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise for lack of time. Today I found this movie with Mel Gibson who has always been one of my favorite actors and I saw it. Based on Netflix is the No. 4 four movies seen in the US so I guess others found it too.

The film is about John Link, an ex-con living in the dessert getting sober and working as a tattoo artist. Meanwhile, his estranged daughter is buying bullets for her drug dealer boyfriend as they are about to go to a house to threaten the people there so they give up money they stole from them. Lydia, Link’s daughter, is tested by Jonah to see her loyalty to him. He wants her to kill a woman and instead, she shoots Jonah. Running away she calls her father and he picks her up and when the gang finds her, Link will try everything to save his daughter.

I have to say I expected more action maybe or a more Taken kind of film, but it was better than it was not like that at all. I envision Mel Gibson’s character chasing down the gang by himself and killing everyone in his path. I liked that they went with a story of a father and daughter getting to know each other without the sentimental aspect, just him trying to get his daughter straight. The film does have good action and a little bit of suspense.

Mel Gibson is a gifted actor; too bad he made some mistakes and has yet to be given a role in bigger movies or that he has not directed anymore. He has some moments that bring back the crazy in his performance, maybe reminiscing of Riggs from Lethal Weapon. Diego Luna plays a good villain in the film. Erin who plays the role of Gibson’s daughter does a good job of portraying the daughter who needs help, but she is smart and not just depends on her father.

I am trying to see as many films I can in hope of giving options to people in this time where we are encouraged to stay safe in our homes, this one is not a family movie, but you can see it with your spouse if both are in a mood for a good old action film.

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