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Blood Father (2016)

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An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

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Peter Craig (screenplay by), Andrea Berloff (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Link
Erin Moriarty ... Lydia
Diego Luna ... Jonah
Michael Parks ... Preacher
William H. Macy ... Kirby
Miguel Sandoval ... Arturo Rios
Dale Dickey ... Cherise
Richard Cabral ... Joker
Daniel Moncada ... Choop
Ryan Dorsey ... Shamrock
Raoul Max Trujillo ... The Cleaner (as Raoul Trujillo)
Brandi Cochran Brandi Cochran ... Lydia's Mother
Katalina Parrish ... Link's Client
Cameron Cipta Cameron Cipta ... Freckles
Lucien Dale ... Blonde Boy
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Storyline

Self-exiled somewhere in the dusty landscapes on the outskirts of Los Angeles, John Link--a rugged former convict, and now, a tattoo artist struggling to stay sober--sees his quasi-orderly life turn upside down, when he receives a desperate phone call from his estranged daughter, Lydia. On the run from a ruthless Mexican drug cartel, John and Lydia must navigate through a dangerous world of frail allegiances and merciless cut-throats, as they seek shelter in an inhospitable city. Can the grizzled father save his teenage daughter from this nightmare? Written by Nick Riganas

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A Father Makes His Own Justice


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Rated R for strong violence, language throughout and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sangre de mi sangre See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mel Gibson lives in a trailer that gets wasted by the bad guys, as in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). See more »

Goofs

When Lydia is talking on the phone with Kirby in the hotel, she is holding the phone directly to her ear, under her hair. But in the next shot, she is holding the phone over her hair. The position of the phone continues to switch from under her hair to over her hair among shots. See more »

Quotes

Kirby: You know the difference between fitting and proper?
Link: Well, I'm not a trailer park poet like you, Kirby. You're gonna have to tell me.
Kirby: Well, it goes like this. I could shove my thumb up your ass right now and it would probably fit...
Link: Mmm-hmm.
Kirby: ...but it wouldn't be proper!
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Connections

Featured in Lost Souls: On the Road with 'Blood Father' (2016) See more »

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Dark Gangster
Performed by White & Spirit
Composed by Mike Kourtzer
(p) 2015 Cercle Rouge Productions
(c) Mike Kourtzer, all right reserved
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He's still got it.
28 August 2016 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

When runaway teenager Lydia (Erin Moriarity) accidentally shoots her drugs cartel boyfriend, she makes a desperate run for it, asking for help from her estranged father Link (Mel Gibson), a tough ex-con still on parole. Together, father and daughter go into hiding, pursued by vicious killers.

I know that Mad Mel doesn't think very highly of the English (or anyone who is not an Australian/American Catholic, for that matter), but I'm still a fan, and Blood Father proves that he still has what it takes, the star putting in a moving performance as a caring father who will do anything to protect his daughter.

This isn't an all-out action-fest, which might disappoint some viewers (although there are some great action scenes to be had)—it's a tale of redemption, with a flawed character doing his best to make up for past mistakes, which seems very apt: perhaps Hollywood should learn something from this film and give its troubled star one more chance.

Best moments: the opening bit of satire—16 year-old Lydia buys countless packs of bullets at a store without a problem, but is carded when it comes to cigarettes; the motorbike chase scene (nice to see Mel toting a shotgun once again); and what's that? Mel making fun of himself in a scene in which he spews hatred of minorities? I had to laugh.

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.


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