Blood Father

August 23rd, 2016


Blood Father

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 8.5/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Jean-Fran├žois Richet

Stars: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna

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

Writers: Peter Craig, Andrea Berloff, Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks, William H. Macy, Miguel Sandoval, Dale Dickey, Richard Cabral, Daniel Moncada, Ryan Dorsey, Raoul Max Trujillo, Brandi Cochran, Katalina Parrish, Cameron Cipta, Lucien Dale, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mel Gibson - Link
Erin Moriarty - Lydia
Diego Luna - Jonah
Michael Parks - Preacher
William H. Macy - Kirby
Miguel Sandoval - Arturo Rios
Dale Dickey - Cherise
Richard Cabral - Joker
Daniel Moncada - Choop
Ryan Dorsey - Shamrock
Raoul Max Trujillo - The Cleaner (as Raoul Trujillo)
Brandi Cochran - Lydia's Mother
Katalina Parrish - Link's Client
Cameron Cipta - Freckles
Lucien Dale - Blonde Boy

Taglines: A Father Makes His Own Justice

Country: France

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: New Mexico, USA

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Did You Know?

The movie Lydia is watching in the theater is Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) which is directed by Jean-Fran├žois Richet. See more »

User Review


Rating: 9/10

I love it when Mel Gibson is in his Mad Max Lethal Weapon Braveheart Patriot mode. The character and the performance you see in BLOOD FATHER is something that Gibson often returns to from time to time. The tortured soul, protective of his loved one, willing to unleash hell when necessary. BLOOD FATHER is hardcore. A merciless story of retribution.

Directed by Peter Craig, Mel Gibson plays an ex-convict and former alcoholic named John Link who's trying his best to keep it together . Until one day when his estranged daughter comes back into his life but with a big secret, turns out, the drug cartel is hunting her down, a situation that forces Link to use his past connections and his skills to keep his daughter alive.

Much of the film is set in the desert, so one can't help but make a stretched comparison to Mel Gibson's old days as Mad Max. The best way to describe BLOOD FATHER in a way that today's audiences would understand is that Gibson's character, John Link, is more or less kinda like Liam Neeson's character in "Taken" franchise, but with less resources and Link is more rough around the edges. But both characters would go above and beyond for their respective daughters.

BLOOD FATHER is a very straightforward film, it has that father-daughter drama, though not as strong or as powerful as such films as "The Wrestler," for example, but some of the lines do hit home, and the action is more about firepower and gunfights, very brute, very basic, but it gets the job done. Some might say BLOOD FATHER is predictable and I don't blame them, it is after all just one of those movies for us Charles Bronson fans who just want to see the bad guys ultimately get what they deserve, a satisfying punishment.

-- Rama's Screen --


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