I've wanted to see this movie since I heard about it at Cannes, so I rented it about a week ago on digital, and I just now got the chance to watch it. I've heard good things about it as a throwback to 80's action films, and that's just what it was.
The plot of the film isn't really anything unique. It's really predictable, to the point of me knowing every single turn that was coming far before it occurred. It is a simple revenge thriller, but it is also an effective homage to the prime days of the action movie star. Gibson's character very much calls to mind his character in "Mad Max". He is really great in the role, showing the perfect emotions when necessary, and more often than not, the lack thereof. William H. Macy offers some pretty good comedic relief in his role, but his screen time is limited mostly to the first act. The co-lead, Erin Moriarty, was pathetic. Her emotions felt forced and unnatural, her crying was weak, and she didn't deliver the dialogue well. It's a good thing that Gibson steals the show, or else the film would have been pretty disappointing. The film also has some good filmmaking elements. The cinematography is good, and there are a few surprisingly well-choreographed fight scenes, too.
So overall, "Blood Father" was a good, but not great action film. It serves as a good reminder of the action films of times before and has an impressive performance by Mel Gibson. Other than that, it doesn't really do much to stand out from the rest of the pack, even though there isn't anything inherently bad about it.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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