Mel Gibson Is Back And Better Than Ever! (by wileycmm3)
I went into this movie completely blind. I did not see a single advertisement for the film, in fact I didn't even know of its existence up until the day before seeing it. I haven't seen Mel Gibson do anything for awhile so the movie definitely caught my interest. I expected it to be a fun B- movie turn your brain off type of thing.But actually I think that this is one of the better films of the year. It was fast paced, fun, and brutal. The acting was well done all the way around. It was emotional, dramatic, and thrilling. Mel Gibson put on one of his greatest performances, and caught <more>
me completely off guard. His character was very fun to watch, reminiscent of Joel from "The Last Of Us". William H. Macy was fantastic as well. I would recommend this movie to anybody who loves any genre. It has a little something for everybody. Really great film and I hope it ends up receiving a lot more recognition than its getting right now. I highly recommend you go see this film, you won't regret it! 10/10
Taken meets Sicario meets Sons of Anarchy in the new action thriller; Blood Father, which reminds us once again why you don't mess with Mel Gibson's family.Oh Mel Gibson, you amazing, charismatic, volatile, genius, we freaking missed you. It's been 6 years since we had a good reason to be excited about a Mel Gibson movie and he's back with a bang and more than a few growls in Blood Father. Watching this film I found myself with a big smile on my face and saying things like "Hell yeah", "that's right", and "let's go" throughout the duration <more>
of this incredibly enjoyable action thrill ride. Mel plays a formerly violent ex convict trying to live a quiet life as a tattoo artist when he is dragged into a war with a violent gang in order to protect his estranged daughter played by Erin Moriarity who suddenly comes back into his life. All hell breaks loose as Mel and his daughter go on the run through the California desert dodging and spraying bullets, gang bangers, Sicarios, and vengeful bikers left and right all while both trying to stay sober. "Don't worry I'm not dying, I'm just in El Centro" is just one of the many quotable lines from this tense, gritty, violent, and surprisingly funny action thriller from director Jean-Francois Richet. The best part about Blood Father is that it's exactly the film you think it's going to be. If you've seen the trailer you know this movie, and in this case that's not a bad thing. The film never once deviates from its plot and tone over the course of its perfectly taut 88-minute run time. There's no fluff, no unnecessary dialogue or characters, just hard-hitting action and thrills. It's unapologetic in its simple reasoning to have Mel Gibson doing what he does best; playing a father and busting heads. Blood Father is essentially a modern day western with motorcycles instead of horses and Mel absolutely killing it as the not-to-be-messed-with man with a troubled past. His character John Link has done far more bad in his life than good and sees protecting his daughter as the last chance he may ever have to atone for his sins, even if it means doing those bad things again. The world of Blood Father is a world filled with gangs, killers, drugs and criminals, a world that John Link is all to familiar with and not that far removed from. Gibson is at this best in years playing the hardened ex con Link with that same simmering intensity and wild-eyed look that he's been perfecting since Mad Max. The film contains some gorgeous cinematography reminiscent of old Sergio Leone westerns and more recent desert thrillers like No Country for Old Men. The supporting cast around Gibson and Moriarity is fantastic as well. William H. Macy steals his few scenes as Gibson's sponsor/best friend, Diego Luna is great as the main villain, and Michael Parks is extremely entertaining as a sociopathic ex Nazi and former colleague of Link's. The biggest problem with Blood Father is the extremely limited release the studio slapped it with no doubt a lingering middle finger to Mel I'm sure . If you can catch it on the big screen you absolutely have to see it but if not definitely watch it on VOD. Blood Father is the kind of lurid, pulpy, vengeance flick that was so popular in the 80's and 90's, which in a summer filled with bloated CGI filled blockbusters is a welcome sight. It's a simple action thriller about a guy with a damaged past just looking for a little redemption. Is it art-imitating life? Possibly, either way it's an awesome time that's not to be missed.
Edge of your seat thriller! (by the_one_and_only_dreamweaver)
Don't even begin to think that this film is your typical B-movie. Mel Gibson! Come on! In spite of whatever PC issues the man may have had in the past, he has brought it on both barrels in this phenomenal movie.William H. Macy was phenomenal in this film as well. I have a favorite part featuring his character but I can't tell you or it would spoil the movie for those who haven't seen it yet. Just trust that the wonderful cast of this film have done their ultimate best to see that this fast paced emotional story doesn't let your attention stray for even a moment once the action <more>
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 <more>
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 --
I really enjoyed this movie. The story was a little convenient that's all I can say without spoiling , but I was pleasantly surprised. Mel seemed at the top of his game or very close to it. William H Macy was perfect and would have liked to see more of him. He is always a plus to the cast no matter what the movie. He really is a pleasure to watch. Erin Moriarty showed a good emotional range. The Villains were menacing enough and posed a valid threat. I appreciated the fact that this movie wasn't using nudity and a lot of sleazy humor. one naked mannequin, or blowup doll in the <more>
background Its nice to see a classic action/drama movie reminiscent of the 80s/90s. If you were ever a fan of Mel Gibson's, Definitely Check this one out. :-
Great Crazy,Violent Mad Performance From Mel Gibson Movie (by nikola17)
Mel Gibson really needs a last chance to do movies since he is dismissed Warner Bros movie company, it's sad but this movie is made buy different company. this is still great movie,fun, crazy Performance from Mel Gibson Performance Little mix Country for old man Little bit of Mad Max and Run All Night western type Action Drama movie. you could say it's more Action, Crazy, Gore lots of violence in movie. Plot follows Lydia Erin Moriarty she is with gang and her boyfriend Jonah Diego Luna was going into some random family house gang is just breaking in looking for what they want, <more>
rather then Jonah told Lydia to shot mother but she shot her Jonah her boyfriend she run to call John Link Mel Gibson who was EX American Solider who use to be on Drugs and drinking is now lives on trailer Park he's living is tattooing people makes money out of it. he pick up phone it was his lost daughter he runs pick's her up. he release's that his daughter habituated to drugs and Alcohol, Lydia has text threats messages gang comes in they want Lydia Mel Gibson say's go away but they don't obey they chose to kill him and take his daughter but they don't know who they are messing with so John and Lydia on run he ends up shooting going crazy, still likable character but he has a lot of problems on past but he is not bad guy similar to Liam nession character from run all night who has a lot problems on past, so Jonah and his man and hit-man is called Sicario went out there to kill Lydia and John but john keeps killing hit-man they keep on running and running until he will kill them all to product his daughter. very worth watching movie to watch badass bike 1997 Harley-Davidson Softail with Badass Scene firing double barrel shotgun it's like watching Mad Max sequel with same scene in mad max with bike chasing and one of action scenes fun to watch it's very fast pace of movie normal pace, you have crazy scene of Mel Gibson with Michael Parks very great crazy mad performance but i don't want to ruin movie away. a lot of scenes are bloody and gore not because its called blood father that's how action movies are made. The Action is very good noting like mad max just Similar movie to this with Picture of camera film Mel Gibson has gone crazy, great performance but still i want Hollywood to hire Mel Gibson give him a last chance for movies like this and mad max franchise 9.10 i would recommend it for action fans if you love Mel Gibson and his movies or movies like run all night Similar more of no country for old man and mad max to run all night.
Mad Mel's back to settle the score. (by Ser_Stephen_Seaworth)
When we first meet John Link, Mel Gibson's grizzled ex-con anti-hero in his latest thriller Blood Father, he's in the midst of an impassioned soliloquy at an AA meeting. A self-proclaimed "real success story," Link is a recovering alky two years out of the slammer, whose wife left him and whose daughter is in the wind, leaving him with no one in his corner and with no one to blame but himself. It's a fitting noir-esque introduction to Link, but also—perhaps more appropriately, especially as he's talking straight at the camera when he says it—it seems to be coming <more>
from Gibson himself.Directed by Jean-François Richet, who helmed 2008's gripping gangster diptych Mesrine, Blood Father seems at first glance to be another addition to the tried-and-true Gibson formula: a brutal guy on the wrong side of the tracks takes on those who wronged him, often in typically gruesome fashion. Certainly, John Link could be blood brothers with Porter and Driver, Gibson's violent protagonists from Payback and Get the Gringo. Living on the fringe of society while scratching out a living as a tattoo artist from his grungy desert trailer, Link is as blunt and terse as his monosyllabic name would suggest. The difference is that Blood Father feels like Gibson confronting the demons that put him and his career on the skids over the last decade. His performance feels like penance, and not in a negative way. Gibson's mainstay has always been passion—in both definitions of the word—and here he bares himself to the bone.Link's efforts to stay on the straight and narrow are complicated by the cataclysmic arrival of his wayward daughter Lydia Erin Moriarty . Strung-out and on the run from a bunch of bad customers, Lydia's presence puts her father on an inexorable course towards violence—which, of course, he excels at dishing out. And true to form for a Mel Gibson joint, there is no shortage of it: once the blood starts flowing and the bullets start flying, it's hard to stop.Gibson's trademark wild-man intensity is in full froth here, and it's always a welcome sight to behold, even if it's been in otherwise subpar productions or against lesser actors. For the most part, fortunately, Blood Father isn't pigeonholed in either category. While some of the dialogue sounds more than a little ponderous Lydia spends much of the film spitting out sheaves of insight with such precision that you'd think she were a Sorkinian heroine instead of, well, someone who snorts heroin , the rest of it is balanced in taut, punchy lines that would make Hemingway proud. And unlike Get the Gringo, which featured Gibson at the top of his game making his co-stars look downright amateurish, he's bolstered by some reliable names this go-around: among them, William H. Macy as Link's good-natured AA sponsor and Michael Parks as a seedy old contact from his past. In fact, the only real weak link of the cast is Moriarty, whose erratic performance is far too self-conscious and unconvincing for us to really care about her plight. It's only through Gibson that we care and to his credit, he does and we do .Much of Blood Father is a foregone conclusion, all the way up to its bullet-riddled finale. And while the film rarely evinces an inspired note, it's still a good potboiler, and there's nothing wrong with a well-worn story if it's well-told. But with an actor like Gibson at the fore, it becomes something more personal. Blood Father's about a man facing old sins and the grim reckoning that comes with them. And every single one of Mad Mel's is on full display here.
Autistic Reviewers Opinion Of This Movie. (by autisticreviewers)
"An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her." Honestly, Mel Gibson steals the show in playing Link, a man who's had a huge history of making mistakes and became an alcoholic. Mel Gibson just keeps on proving more and more that he's not only a great actor, but a total badass! Erin Moriarty who plays Lydia the daughter is also really good She comes across as annoying, but I think that's kind of the point. We see a huge change in her character as the film progresses. William H. Macy was <more>
also really good in this role, and to be honest there needed to be more done with him. Same with Diego Luna. He plays a great villain, but with very little screen time.While the movie focuses more on the drama side of things, the movie does have its great moments of suspense and action. The whole movie felt like it had a 90's feel to it, and not a bad thing! All in all, is worth your money and worth seeing Gibson in action..yet again. Let's forgive Mel for what he did in the past and let him be the greatest actor that ever lived! 4/5 stars, 8/10. The Autistic Reviewers.
When runaway teenager Lydia Erin Moriarity accidentally shoots her drugs cartel boyfriend, she makes a desperate run for it, asking for help from her estranged father Link Mel Gibson , a tough ex-con still on parole. Together, father and daughter go into hiding, pursued by vicious killers.I know that Mad Mel doesn't think very highly of the English or anyone who is not an Australian/American Catholic, for that matter , but I'm still a fan, and Blood Father proves that he still has what it takes, the star putting in a moving performance as a caring father who will do anything to <more>
protect his daughter.This isn't an all-out action-fest, which might disappoint some viewers although there are some great action scenes to be had —it's a tale of redemption, with a flawed character doing his best to make up for past mistakes, which seems very apt: perhaps Hollywood should learn something from this film and give its troubled star one more chance.Best moments: the opening bit of satire—16 year-old Lydia buys countless packs of bullets at a store without a problem, but is carded when it comes to cigarettes; the motorbike chase scene nice to see Mel toting a shotgun once again ; and what's that? Mel making fun of himself in a scene in which he spews hatred of minorities? I had to laugh.7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.