Blood Father - 3 Stars
Mel Gibson’s return to the big screen is remarkably enjoyable, but a critically terrible film.
BLOOD FATHER follows John Link, a grizzled ex-con on parole, working as a tattoo artist from a beat-up trailer. His life takes a sudden turn when teenaged daughter Lydia resurfaces two years after running away from home, chased by angry drug dealers trying to kill her.
I’m in two minds about this movie - on one hand it’s a very good action film, with ridiculous action sequences, witty humour and just a lot of fun. However, when critically examined - its atrocious - while the actors have a rapport Gibson’s performance is really, really bad - he’s almost playing himself. The gangsters feel like stereotypes and his daughter isn’t a very well written character.
Overall, this movie is a lot of fun and if you’re a fan of action movies you can’t miss it, its in a very similar vain to die-hard. However, if you want a critically strong movie - this isn’t the one for you.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas