Blood Father | Mel Gibson is back and in search of redemption in this pulpy B-movie thriller

Blood Father Mel Gibson John Link

Blood Father Mel Gibson John Link

A Father Makes His Own Justice.

With more than a nod to his off-screen disgrace, Mel Gibson plays a recovering alcoholic ex-con taking desperate steps to redeem himself in the pulpy B-movie action thriller Blood Father.

It’s quite a shock when we first see the grizzled Mel’s weather-beaten, heavily lined face. But he quickly proves his charisma is still intact when his character, John Link, springs forth from his battered trailer in the California desert to protect his wayward, long-estranged daughter (Erin Moriarty) from a murderous drug cartel.

The ensuing action is very much in the Taken vein, with Link using his criminal smarts and contacts to evade their pursuers, but director Jean-François Richet handles the action briskly, while Mel displays an impressive emotional vulnerability – when he isn’t knocking lumps out of the bad guys, that is. Look out for the ever-reliable William H Macy as Link’s trailer neighbour and AA sponsor.

Certificate 15. Runtime 88 mins. Director Jean_François Richet

Blood Father debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Sunday 6 August.

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.