Cast: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna. Running time: 88 minutes Director: Jean-François Richet Showing: Cinema Magic, Naalya, Century Cinemax Acacia Mall, Numax Cinema, Entebbe
When his daughter gets involved with bad boys, she has nowhere and no one else to run to but her father. He has done it all before; done drugs, been a gangsters and pretty much done anything that earned him space in prison.
Mel Gibson takes the lead role of the father, acting as father John who will do anything to save her because she has not been in his life for a while, since he separated with her mother.
However, he is frustrated that the daughter, Lydia, role played by Erin Moriarty, is not entirely open about what kind of trouble she is in until one night when the bad boys, led by her ex-boyfriend who is a drug-dealer and his vicious cartel, track her down using her phone and come thirsting for vengeance.
When she does not heed to their continuous calls, they opt to run down the booth from which daughter and father call home. The whole neighbourhood is awakened and comes to the rescue of the neighbour under attack. The gang is forced to withdraw but assure that it is not yet over and they will be back to ‘teach her a lesson’.
Will her father look on as they do so? Not for a second. He hits the road with his daughter and it is action all the way.
In real life, Gibson has had his problems with drinking, having started taking alcohol at the age of 13. He has severally been arrested for drunk-driving. He told a friend, movie director, Richard Donner, that he was drinking five pints of beer for breakfast.
The movie star has starred in big Hollywood hits like the Lethal Weapon trilogy, Brave Heart, The Bounty, Apocalypto, among other films. He directed and produced the financially successful and controversial, biblical drama film The Passion of the Christ.
Jean-François Richet, who directs Blood Father, is a French producer, director and screenwriter whose fame partly lies in working on gang warfare and action movies. In his filmograpohy are movies like Assault on Precinct 13, One Wild Moment, Public Enemy No. 1, Mesrine, among others.
On Metacritic, a body of film reviews, the film holds a rating of 66 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating ‘generally favourable reviews’.