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
When the father (Mel) is working on the tattoo while his daughter is there (when she points out the guy's melanoma), he's wearing glasses, then he isn't, then he is again. See more »
You ever think about... what the world would be like without you? If I just went ahead and killed myself this would all be over.
Oh, so that's where we're at, giving up. Fine. You kill yourself then I'll kill myself and I'll take some innocent people with me. How'd that be?
You think I'm kidding, Dad, but I've tried.
Yeah, so have I, plenty of times. Where's that got us?
I took all of my stepdad's pills when I was twelve.
Girls take pills when they want somebody to find them.
I tried to hang ...
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"You Think That the Garden of Eden was in Norway?" (dialog, daughter to dad)
Two things to know going in.
The is a Hollywood "resurrection" role -- when an A-list big-name star disappears for a while and then comes back in a role you might not expect.
(They can be fun. Costner did a few and they were all interesting. In Fargo Season 2 Jean Smart came back playing a grandmother in a crime family -- and aced it. Gibson, formerly the "sexiest man on the planet" according to polls, nails his cranky, old, character is this one.)
Second it is not a A-film. The running time (about 90 mins) is the tip-off. So going into it, you expect something different.
Which is what you get.
It is not really an actioner, even though it stars one of the biggest action stars in the biz. And does have a lot of action in it. It is more of a road movie. And it is just quirky enough to keep interest.
If Gibson is good, Erin Moriarty is a revelation. This is her breakout role. You will be seeing her again soon. The script, which is razor sharp, requires her to have play both young/stupid and smart/strong at the same time. A contradictory role that would be be a challenge for an A-list pro. She takes command of the role and becomes unforgettable by her third scene.
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