Movie Review: BLOOD FATHER Starring Mel Gibson

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By: Christy Oldham / 8. 23. 2016


Mel Gibson gives one of his best performances to date in this action thriller film, set against a beautiful breathtaking desert canvas. Directed by Jean-François Richet and based on the novel by Peter Craig, Gibson plays an ex con who is on probation after spending time in prison, working on his sobriety and making a living as a tattoo artist from his trailer park home. His estranged daughter, played by Erin Moriarty, is on the run from the drug cartel and she reaches out to him for help. Soon, his brief peaceful life is turned upside down. His alcohol sponsor, played by William H. Macy, lives only a couple of trailer doors down and finds himself caught up in the whirlwind of drug cartel drama also. Macy brings that softer touch to the hard edged character of Gibson’s, which balances the film and I really enjoyed the one line “been there done that” deadpan zingers from Gibson’s character. Director Richet brings his European finesse to this very cinematic film with epic shots that makes one feel part of the gritty desert.

Photo credit: Lionsgate Premiere

Photo credit: Lionsgate Premiere

BLOOD FATHER also stars Diego Luna and Michael Parks. Parks was outstanding as a double-crossing neo-Nazi memorabilia collecting ex-Vietnam veteran while character actress Dale Dickey was brilliant as usual for only having limited screen time. This film is intimate while also action oriented and is not to be missed! BLOOD FATHER was released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters August 12, 2016 as is a Why Not Productions and Wild Bunch film.

BLOOD FATHER is now Playing in Select Theaters. Opens in New York and On Demand August 26, 2016.

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About christy oldham
Christy Oldham is an acclaimed multi-hyphenate- a director, screenwriter, producer and actress. Her headlining credit includes the feature film "Barracuda" (Released in 2014 by Maverick Entertainment Group) which earned her critical filmmaker acclaim including 3 Best Picture awards at multiple U.S. film festivals. In 2012, she founded the film production company Demi Goddess Pictures and its subsidiary media arm Demi Goddess Chronicle- with both companies creating content that champions woman empowerment. She is also a published author and entrepreneur. In 2006, she opened the Los Angeles pet care business Healthy Dogs Pet Sitting Service- a company that provides a number of services to some of Hollywood’s biggest names. She penned and self-published the book "Christy Oldham’s Manual to a Happy & Healthy Dog" and donates on-going proceeds from book sales to various animal rights groups and charity’s. Additionally, she is the author of the fictional literary foray "Finley & The Emerald Volcano: The Search for the Missing Cauldron" (volume one in a series) that she also self-published and adapted into screenplay. "Finley" is currently in development as a movie. In 2016, she directed 3 episodes of "Vape Warz", a post-apocalyptic web series (season one) that she also wrote and produced, and that has guest appearances by pop icons Ron Jeremy and Jeff "The Dude" Dowd aka The Big Lebowski. "Vape Warz" made its premier debut in Cannes where it won an Honorable Mention at The Mediterranean Film Festival and is now streaming in Japan, Germany, UK and USA on AMAZON Video Direct with season two in development. Christy lives in Los Angeles.

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