Blood Father (15)

Lennox Herald - - REVIEWS -

Mel Gib­son heads back into the lime­light with this Taken-style ‘geri­ac­tioner’.

For the most part, the west­ern­in­spired tale of re­demp­tion, re­venge and show­downs works bet­ter than most of the ‘father saves daugh­ter’ flicks spawned by Taken.

Bushy-bearded for the ma­jor­ity of the film, Gib­son is a fiery, griz­zled pres­ence and Erin Mo­ri­arty gives her all in a sassy-but-vul­ner­a­ble turn.

The screen­play takes the time to form bonds and flesh out re­la­tion­ships, but the film is light on ac­tion as a re­sult and Diego Luna doesn’t make for a very in­tim­i­dat­ing an­tag­o­nist.

De­spite its flaws, Blood Father is a ma­ture thriller with a per­sonal touch.

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