Lionsgate Premiere | Release Date: August 12, 2016
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GentM2015Sep 4, 2016
In Blood Father we have Mel Gibson starring on the leading role in what is considered as an action film and his return to form. Now I will agree with one of that because Gibson gives a terrific performance here from start to finish. He showedIn Blood Father we have Mel Gibson starring on the leading role in what is considered as an action film and his return to form. Now I will agree with one of that because Gibson gives a terrific performance here from start to finish. He showed emotion and anger in many scenes and totally portrayed a father who is missing his daughter, and then trying to understand her considering that he has not been there for her his entire life. Also the cinematography by Robert Gantz is amazing and the music, even though underused, it's definitely well composed by Sven Faulconer.
But unfortunately this is one boring, uninteresting and very poorly directed film that its few technical achievements and one performance are the only good things to get out from. Its genres are action and thriller but there are basically two action sequences in the entire movie, and I have no idea where the "thriller" was. It is filled with drama that no one cares about, his daughter is just a dumb character who makes no sense and does stupid things just to get the plot moving forward. The director Jean-François Richet seemed to have no idea what he wanted to make here, because scenes just happen and they happen so slowly that just bore you to death, and get you out of the movie entirely. Also, the editing is absolutely horrific, there are a lot of scenes that have continuation errors and are very painfully obvious.
It tries to be something that is not and it fails in almost every level, despite a very good performance by Mel Gibson, Blood Father is a total waste of time and money.
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LeZeeNov 4, 2016
An ex-con back on his feet for his daughter!

I did not find this French film any special. This is an English language film, because they have targeted the American market. Many similar Hollywood flicks were already made, so it is just a
An ex-con back on his feet for his daughter!

I did not find this French film any special. This is an English language film, because they have targeted the American market. Many similar Hollywood flicks were already made, so it is just a different actors and the locations. But the actings were good and some of the scenes were nicely composed. This is a book based film about an ex- con, when he comes to know his daughter is in a real trouble, he does everything he can to protect her. So it is like a running and chasing kind of theme, but how they come out it is the remaining film.

Mel Gibson was great. I felt like I haven't seen him for ages, I mean this kind of performance gives the impression that he's back. Though the film was not that great, for an entertainment it will do okay. It is a short film than usual action-thrillers. So you won't have trouble in pace, no proper developments, like the characters or the story, it only moves forward so quickly. I think the end was good, only if they are not planning for a sequel. But that part was not clear, so there's no surprise if they make another film. I say watch it for Gibson and for entertainment.

6/10
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BroyaxJul 12, 2019
Encore en forme ce bon vieux Mel et même qu'avec sa barbe de patriarche (on dirait un mormon !) il fait peur aux truands... d'ailleurs j'ai flippé en le voyant, je me suis dit "merde, Moïse !"... il faut dire qu'il a l'âge et la barbeEncore en forme ce bon vieux Mel et même qu'avec sa barbe de patriarche (on dirait un mormon !) il fait peur aux truands... d'ailleurs j'ai flippé en le voyant, je me suis dit "merde, Moïse !"... il faut dire qu'il a l'âge et la barbe adéquats pour nous faire les 20 Commandements (la suite des 10) les doigts dans le nez.

Mais là, il nous fait juste le papa-poule qui protège sa fifille retrouvée des narco-trafiquants... Tous les clichés sont ici jetés en vrac pour que Mel puisse "s"exprimer" et nous ressortir son vieux numéro de personnage torturé par ses démons (on sait l'acteur très dévôt à cet égard) et en pleine rédemption (amen !).

Ancien taulard, ancien alcoolo, divorcé, sa fille qui a fugué (un brin camée), il vit comme un manouche dans une putain de caravane... alors c'est reparti comme en 40 et en cavale pour aider sa progéniture (mal élevée) et tisser des liens, entrer en psychothérapie familiale improvisée. Entre vague comédie bêbête et drame à deux balles de télé brésilienne, le film peine beaucoup à trouver son créneau.

Au moins, il s'en sort pas mal du côté de l'action et du rythme, car on n'a pas le temps de s'ennuyer, c'est toujours ça de pris. Mais la réalisation très correcte dans l'ensemble se laisse aller à un montage agité... dans l'action justement.

Bref, ça distrait éventuellement et ça fait sourire de temps à autre mais ça reste con-con et trop convenu.
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