Mel Gibson has played many a tough guys over and over, but there’s only one who’s blessed with a silver tongue. A constant rambling of wonderful dialogues and super-funny oneliners that makes you love the character even more than the movie itself. So was Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon. So is Link in Blood father.
The story isn’t much to write home about. Mel Gibson – or let’s call him Link – reunites with his dead-beat daughter only to find out she’s in close companionship with some of the most dangerous drug dealers alive. Time for Mel– err–Link to dust himself off and unload his lethal weapons onto the bad guys.
From that point forward the movie is a straight-up action movie with very few plot changes. But it’s okay. The movie never ceases to amaze. The bad guys are well written. The dialogues are often funny (though not campy as in Lethal Weapon, which is a damn shame) and the movie entertains without a fault.
You would expect the director to be a major name in Hollywood. No such luck. It’s a Frenchman and not even one you’d probably know (no, it’s not Luc Besson).
His name is Jean-François Richet and the only impressive thing he’s done overseas is the 2005-remake Assault on Precinct 13. All jokes aside, this is his finest directorial hour yet on Hollywood-ground.
The rest of the cast, besides Mel Gibson, doesn’t feature many famous faces, though actor William H. Macy must look familiar. His finest hour is far out and wide the movie Fargo, but his portrayal in this movie will not go by unnoticed.
One person we cannot forget to mention is the girl who plays the daughter of Mel Gibson. Her name is Erin Moriarty and her performance is easily the best thing she’s ever done so far. Miraculously enough, she’s quite entertaining to watch … and no, not just because she’s a pretty face.
One last thank-you-note goes to the location hunters of the movie who’ve truly outdone themselves by finding a deliciously deserted spot in the middle of nowhere that, how else could it not be, reminds us of the Land Down Under in each Mad Max-movie, what initially of course started the whole career of Mel Gibson.
All things said and done, Blood Father is certainly an entertaining action movie … but the lack of a really good storyline and cool bad guys, makes this movie easy-to-forget … especially when comparing it to other action movies the actor’s done in his career.
did you know?
In Jurassic Park III, William H. Macy also plays a character named Kirby. Apparently there’s a rumor going around that French director Jean-François Richet liked the performance so much that he decided to recast the same character in his movie.
Give it to me straight:
Blood father is named the BIG return of Mel Gibson because – for the first time since he left his Lethal Weapon-character in 1998 – the Australian man goes right back to his roots. That is to say, not his first role Mad Max, the silent killer, but his breakthrough performance of the crazy dare-all & do-it-all cop with no limits on the street until the job’s done. Much like Martin Riggs, Mel Gibson’s character in Blood father is a wild fist-fighting and gun-slinging cop-like crazyman who’s got a heart of gold for anyone he holds dear, but cross his path and he will gun you down without blinking his eyes.
The movie has much action, a few funny dialogues and just about enough content between Mel Gibson-the father and Erin Moriarty-the daughter to make you believe these two have had a rough past. It’s one of those typical American blockbuster-movies where you can leave your brains at the door, but you will feel your heart pumping each time Mel Gibson sputters something cool during any action sequence that – kudos to the French director Jean-François Richet – looks quite amazing.
The only real flaw is that – despite the movie being quite entertaining – it doesn’t hold up against other action movies, especially when you focus on the great career Mel Gibson has had. Luckily, 2016 wasn’t a great year for big American movies (in fact it was an awful year!) … and so Blood father is one of the best things, action-wise, to come out during that year alone.