Blood Father tells the story of an ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
Action packed from start to finish, Blood Father is basic in premise and makes up for it in non-stop action. This was a hard film to find shown commonly in any main stream cinema, making me wonder if the world is really ready for another Mel Gibson film, whether he’s starring in it or behind the camera directing. It’s been a long time since he was at his peak with Mad Max, Braveheart, and Passion of the Christ (even if you’re not religious, you can’t deny it was an amazing film) long in his past and overcome by his actions over the years since Passion. Australia no longer wants him since he went a little strange, a little crazy and palmed back to American who seems not sure what to do with him either.
Blood Father is a simple film at heart with nothing too thought provoking about it at all. You can switch off easily and not miss much if you drift away for a second to think something else. If Mel Gibson wasn’t in the film, or even William H. Macy for that matter, I wouldn’t have known about it at all and would’ve fallen into the background of other action films you wouldn’t take too much notion of.
This film is average at best, neither good nor bad, though there’s noway that Gibson was back “in form,” if he ever could be. It’s been a long time since he did a decent film so hopefully this is a stepping stone to somewhere…