Mel Gibson Shoots Everyone but His Daughter in ‘Blood Father’ Trailer
Mel Gibson has spent the majority of his career playing variations of the same slightly unhinged character, so it was probably inevitable — even despite his well-deserved years in the Hollywood penalty box — that some producer would find occasion to cast him as a slightly unhinged dad. The new trailer for Blood Father shows Gibson ranting and raving as per usual, only this time he has an estranged daughter on the run to protect and a survivalist beard. The latter certainly seems like an upgrade.
As we pointed out a few months ago after our first look at the international trailer, the movie does kind of have a Mad Max vibe going for it, but then again, so would any Mel Gibson movie that mixes shotguns and car chases in the desert. This first domestic trailer does seem to be doubling down on the whole Liam Neeson / Taken feel, meaning that we see a lot more of Mel Gibson and his daughter on the run and a lot more dialogue where he acknowledges his failures as a parent. He can’t take her to rehab because he doesn’t trust strangers! Any parent can relate to that!
Still, this new trailer gives us a much better look at the supporting work by William H. Macy and Diego Luna, two actors who pep up any movie they appear in. A bespectacled Macy wielding a shotgun and shouting “You boys picked the wrong rednecks!” might be already be one of my favorite movie moments of 2016. The film is also directed by Jean-François Richet, who also shot the underrated 2005 Assault on Precinct 13 remake, so all the pieces are in place for a fairly solid — if not particularly original — end of summer thriller.
You can read the full movie synopsis here:
Blood Father stars Mel Gibson as John Link, an ex-convict who fights to protect his estranged daughter from the drug cartel that is hunting her down. In this thrilling action film, John must use his connections from his past life and his skills as an ex-criminal to keep him and his daughter alive.
Blood Father hits theaters on August 12, 2016.