'Blood Father' [Blu-ray+Digital HD]
(Mel Gibson, William H. Macy, Erin Moriarty, Michael Parks, Diego Luna, et al / Blu-ray+Digital HD / R / 2016 / LGF)
Overview: An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
Blu-ray Verdict: Right off the bat I have to say I loved this movie. Feckin' LOVED it! And I expected to also. I loved Gibson in 'Payback' and, to a point, this is who you get here. Actually, moreover, it's his character "Driver" from the highly-underrated 'Get The Gringo' that resonates so much here in his character of "Link" aka "Dad".
Directed by Peter Craig, Mel Gibson plays an ex-convict and former alcoholic named John Link who's trying his best to keep it together. Until one day when his estranged daughter ("Lydia", brilliantly played by Erin Moriarty) comes back into his life but with a big secret. It turns out the drug cartel is hunting her down, a situation that forces Link (her Dad) to use his past connections and his skills to keep his daughter alive.
Much of the film is set in the desert, in shabby old caravans, so one can't help but also make a stretched comparison to Gibson's old days as Mad Max. That all said, thinking about it out loud now, I honestly think that best way to describe the awesome, thrilling 'Blood Father' is that Gibson's character is kinda like Liam Neeson's character in the 'Taken' franchise - but with less resources. Oh, and "Link" is more rough around the edges. But both characters would go above and beyond for their respective daughters, trust me - and they do!
In closing, sure, 'Blood Father' is a very straightforward film, containing the father-daughter drama, the thug life meets desert life lost soul with a will to kill, though not as strong or as powerful as such films as 'The Wrestler', for example. For the most part, ALL Gibson's lines to his daughter hit home, and the action itself is chock full of immense firepower within gunfights; some very brutal ones, at that. But, it always gets the job done so have at it guys! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
"Lost Souls: On the Road with Blood Father" Featurette
Official 'Blood Father' Trailer