Self-exiled somewhere in the dusty landscapes on the outskirts of Los Angeles, John Link--a rugged former convict, and now, a tattoo artist struggling to stay sober--sees his quasi-orderly life turn upside down, when he receives a desperate phone call from his estranged daughter, Lydia. On the run from a ruthless Mexican drug cartel, John and Lydia must navigate through a dangerous world of frail allegiances and merciless cut-throats, as they seek shelter in an inhospitable city. Can the grizzled father save his teenage daughter from this nightmare?Written by
I expected it to be a Mel Gibson driven movie with a simple story.
I also knew the director Richet is known for the qualities of his Mesrine Biopic, but still didn't await the same genre.
Blood Father is not a very serious movie trying to reflect reality to the bone, but an old school action movie with a fresh tight rhythm. Funny dialogues/moments and good performances from quite every actor. No waste of time here (maybe a bit too fast, especially the ending)
I loved it because it was entertaining from start to finish. Some would say it's an overly simplistic rehash of a story we've seen a hundred times. They wouldn't be far from the truth, but the film still is engaging if you let go of your High Concept expectations.
It respects its viewer in a way that makes me feel bad for liking these soulless blockbusters we're being fed these days.
The funny thing is that the movie deliberately reflects Mel's filmography and personal story in different ways without pushing it too far.
I went to see Mel Gibson again, and boy I did!
I need more Mel, g*ddammit!
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