Holy shit; Mel Gibson still makes films? Blood Father sees Gibson return to (somewhat) fine form, as a vengeful father determined to protect his daughter at all costs. Whilst him as a character shines on the screen, the rest of the plot fizzles out in the background and ultimately makes it a forgettable action piece.

John (Gibson) is an ex-convict, living on parole in a middle of nowhere trailer type park. Whilst making a living as a tattoo artist for its residents, he receives a call from his daughter Lydia (Erin Moriarty), who is terrified and desperate for help. After being missing for 14 years, Lydia has wandered into the dangerous world of drug cartels and a recent botched operation sees her on the run for her life. It’s up to John and his vast number of associates, to determine how to avoid returning to prison but also safeguard his daughter from the oncoming sicarios destined to kill her.

Even though the runtime of this film was set at only 88 minutes, it felt like a lifetime watching it. This stems from the fact that whilst set as an action film, we don’t witness as much as action as you want. Instead of receiving Mel Gibson tearing apart people left right and center, what we get is a lackluster look at the relationships between him and his daughter, as well as his forgettable interactions with his numerous associates. This could work normally hadn’t it been for the fact that they were so uninteresting to watch. Erin Moriarty (The Watch, Captain Fantastic) is fantastically terrible to see on screen as she portrays Lydia in one of the most unconvincing and laughable ways possible. Every sentence and action was said in a way that either didn’t make sense for her character or was set out to be not taken seriously. If there was a category for worst performance that I’ve seen this year, it, unfortunately, goes to her.

Where the film thankfully shines is in the charm and charisma Mel Gibson is able to bring. I genuinely loved seeing him on the screen each time and it goes to show why he has become a household name in Australian cinema. He can simultaneously bring a threatening sense of grittiness and mean valor one second but also be able to make you laugh the next. Unfortunately, these moments are sparse and few. Rather having the story focused more on himself, which is far more interesting, the story wants us to appreciate the relationship he develops with his daughter. Admirable but sadly the annoyance of seeing Moriarty pop up throughout, drastically made this affair annoying to watch. If this had been Mad Max coming out of retirement and going commando style like Schwarzenegger famously set out, this film would have been great.

Ultimately if there’s one aspect to take away from seeing Blood Father, it’s to appreciate how much Mel Gibson can bring to the table of any film. Had it not been for him, I doubt I would have rated this film as highly as I did. Director Jean-François Richet has some little ways to go in terms of not only choosing his casting options better but also in incorporating more and better action set pieces. Hopefully, Gibson returns soon to a sharpened action film he so heartedly deserves and one we all want him to be in.


  1. Just want to say your article is as surprising. The clarity in your post is just great and i can assume you are an expert on this subject.
    Well with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep updated
    with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the gratifying work.

  2. Since the admin of this web site is working, no question very rapidly it will be well-known, due to its
    quality contents.

  3. whoah this blog is great i like reading your articles.
    Stay up the great work! You already know, lots
    of people are looking round for this information, you can aid them greatly.

  4. Thanks in favor of sharing such a pleasant opinion, piece
    of writing is pleasant, thats why i have read it completely

  5. It’s really a great and helpful piece of info. I am satisfied
    that you shared this useful info with us. Please stay us informed
    like this. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?

    A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog shine.

    Please let me know where you got your theme.

  7. It’s genuinely very complicated in this active life to listen news on Television, therefore I simply use the web for that purpose,
    and obtain the most up-to-date news.

  8. Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide
    credit and sources back to your weblog? My blog site is in the exact same area of interest as yours and my visitors would truly benefit from a lot of
    the information you present here. Please let me know if this ok with you.
    Thank you!

  9. Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is excellent, as well as the content!

  10. I pay a visit day-to-day a few blogs and sites to read articles
    or reviews, however this web site provides feature based content.

  11. Thanks in support of sharing such a nice opinion, article
    is fastidious, thats why i have read it fully

  12. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this site.
    I’m hoping to check out the same high-grade content by you later on as well.

    In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get
    my own blog now 😉

  13. Thank you, I have just been searching for info approximately this subject for a
    while and yours is the best I have came upon so far. But, what concerning
    the conclusion? Are you sure in regards to the source?

  14. What i do not understood is actually how you’re no longer really
    a lot more well-preferred than you may be now.
    You’re very intelligent. You know thus considerably in relation to this matter, made me individually imagine it
    from numerous various angles. Its like men and women are not fascinated except it’s one thing
    to do with Woman gaga! Your own stuffs nice. Always take care of it up!

  15. This is a very good tip particularly to those new
    to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate information… Thanks for sharing this one.

    A must read article!

  16. Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and
    I to find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I am hoping to offer one
    thing again and aid others such as you helped me.

  17. always i used to read smaller posts which also clear
    their motive, and that is also happening with this article which I am reading here.

  18. I do agree with all of the concepts you’ve offered for
    your post. They are really convincing and will certainly work.
    Still, the posts are too quick for starters. May
    you please lengthen them a bit from next time? Thank you for the post.

  19. Hey there just wanted to give you a brief heads up and
    let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

  20. Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide
    credit and sources back to your blog? My blog site is in the exact same niche as yours and my
    users would definitely benefit from some of the information you
    present here. Please let me know if this alright with you.
    Appreciate it!

  21. I ɑmm extremeⅼy impressed with y᧐ur writing skills as welkl as with the layout on your bloց.
    Iѕ thisѕ a ⲣaidd theme or Ԁdіd youu
    modify it yourself? Eitheг waay keep up the exceellent quality writing, it’s гare tto seе a nicе blog like this one these days.

    My blog post :: seal online

  22. Hi there, yes this piece of writing is really pleasant and I have learned lot of things from it regarding blogging.

  23. Fantastic blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost
    on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There
    are so many choices out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any recommendations? Many thanks!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *