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Blood Father

Blood Father is a minor film, but I wish all the major movies were like Blood Father. Let me explain: the return of Mel Gibson as the The Dinner star of an action film after years of silence (because no, neither The Mercenaries 3 nor Machete Kills tell) is not exactly a sophisticated and exciting action thriller of a great studio like those that the Australian used to star in the past. We are, instead, before a B series product brief and modest, but intelligent enough and well rolled to get the most out of that humility. Blood Father is one of those films whose almost endearing brutality, and barely conceals a -you know- small and sensitive heart … although it is also true that, sometimes, that little ambition limits its reach.

The story told by Jean-François Richet (Mesrine, the correct remake of the Assault on District 13) is, simply, that of an ex-convict, John Link (Gibson)  Grimsby who tries to protect his minor daughter Lydia (Erin Moriarty) from the attack of a group of Mexican drug traffickers and hired assassins headed by Jonah (Diego Luna).

A pure and simple argument that, in the hands of the French filmmaker, does not serve so much a nostalgic review on the genre of action (which Gibson certainly helped define two decades ago) but rather on the actor himself who stars. The film avoids that path, that of the explosive joke, assuming with some realism its relic nature … but Beast also savoring that same aridity, in the very similar background the arid landscapes of New Mexico that set the story. We are not, then, before the umpteenth revision of Two birds to shot, but before a film that taking the form of revenge tape to Liam Neeson takes the bitter drinks that both the character and the actor who plays have passed in the past years.

Duration: 88 min

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IMDb: 6.4

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