BLOOD FATHER REVIEWED
“Blood Father” is the first leg of Mel Gibson’s comeback tour. While it was a Lionsgate Premiere film, don’t let its limited run dissuade you. This action masterwork upstages many of the supposedly better films that 2016 has had to offer. Still, something doesn’t work. Why do we need another old man leading an action movie?
Well, because it’s Shakespeare for the slack jawed. Gibson is working out more issues in this film than he did in “Signs”. Walking through the valley of his fellow older cast-offs, he sees the wreckage of a life not lived well. When his daughter returns for help from drug lords, he sees the chance to set things right. Naturally, he returns to the tricks of the trade that he learn 20+ years ago. Gibson’s character knows that this isn’t the right way to get back into his daughter’s life, but it’s a way that’s available.
2016 has been a weirdly meta year in terms of our fiction and reality. “Blood Father” is yet another movie that works in that same milieu. While some aren’t willing or ready to forgive Gibson, now is the time. Move on and move forward. A better future awaits even those we cast off.
- 2.39:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track