Self-exiled somewhere in the dusty landscapes on the outskirts of Los Angeles, John Link--a rugged former convict, and now, a tattoo artist struggling to stay sober--sees his quasi-orderly life turn upside down, when he receives a desperate phone call from his estranged daughter, Lydia. On the run from a ruthless Mexican drug cartel, John and Lydia must navigate through a dangerous world of frail allegiances and merciless cut-throats, as they seek shelter in an inhospitable city. Can the grizzled father save his teenage daughter from this nightmare?Written by
Elisabeth Röhm filmed a role as Ursula, Lydia's mother, and John's ex, but her scenes were cut from the film. See more »
When Lydia runs out of the cinema, there is a lady and her two children on the other side of the glass door trying to get in. When the reverse angle is shown as she runs out, there is no sign of the lady or of the two children. See more »
Goddamn brat! I was running the fucking Coachella Valley before you were an itch in your daddy's sack! So, don't tell me! My life isn't on Instagram, for Christ's sake. I'm in the fucking history books! Vietnam, 19th Engineer Combat Battalion. Look it up! Look it up! I've dug up more fucking mines than I could've blown the moon up with! Do you understand that?
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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 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.
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