Blood Father (15)
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.