Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Blood Father Review

Rated R; 88 minutes; $24.99; Amazon

Available today on Blu-ray + Digital HD, and DVD Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the action-thriller Blood Father. Directed by Jean-Francois Richet, the film stars Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks, and William H. Macy.

Based on the novel of the same name by Peter Craig (who also co-wrote the screenplay), Blood Father centers on an ex-convict John Link (played by Mel Gibson) who is out on parole. He spends most days as a tattoo artist; tattooing people in his trailer/home. The rest of the time he is trying to stay sober and out of trouble.

Out of the blue, John receives a phone call from his estranged, runaway teenage daughter, Lydia (played by Erin Moriarty), who is in hiding after accidentally shooting her drug-dealer boyfriend Jonah (played by Diego Luna). While he is well aware that she is probably just wanting money from him, John picks up his daughter and brings her to his trailer, hoping he can try to figure out where she has been and what kind of trouble she has gotten herself into.

Unfortunately, John has to risk his newfound morals when Jonah's gang comes looking for Lydia, who now has a ransom on her head. And John will do anything to protect his daughter.

The only special feature on the Blu-ray is "Lost Souls: On the Road with Blood Father" Featurette.

Final Thoughts: Besides from playing the villainous roles in Machete Kills and The Expendables 3, Mel Gibson's last starring role was in 2012's Get the Gringo. Blood Father received a limited-release in theaters back in August before it was released today on Blu-ray and DVD.

At just under 90-minutes, Blood Father is a fast-paced thriller, similar in style to the action flicks from the 1980s. Mel Gibson gives one of his best performance to date as a man getting a second chance to become the father he was meant to be. Some of the dialogue is a little cliched, but the intense action scenes makes up for it.

Overall, I enjoyed watching Blood Father and I recommend it to other action fans.

*I received complimentary copy from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

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