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Blood Father (2016)

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An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Cleaner (as Raoul Trujillo)
Brandi Cochran ...
Lydia's Mother
Cameron Cipta ...
Blonde Boy


An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Father Makes His Own Justice


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Release Date:

31 August 2016 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Sangre de mi sangre  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Link and Lydia first run away from The Cleaner (Raoul Max Trujillo) at the motel, Link says "That was a Sicario." Trujillo starred in Sicario (2015). See more »


Lydia is using an blue iPhone 5C almost the whole movie, when the cinema scene starts and she walks out to answer a phone call she suddenly has an old iPhone 4. See more »


Lydia: You ever think about... what the world would be like without you? If I just went ahead and killed myself this would all be over.
Link: Oh, so that's where we're at, giving up. Fine. You kill yourself then I'll kill myself and I'll take some innocent people with me. How'd that be?
Lydia: You think I'm kidding, Dad, but I've tried.
Link: Yeah, so have I, plenty of times. Where's that got us?
Lydia: I took all of my stepdad's pills when I was twelve.
Link: Girls take pills when they want somebody to find them.
Lydia: I tried to hang ...
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References Desperate Housewives (2004) See more »


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Written by Pat Coil
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He's still got it.
28 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

When runaway teenager Lydia (Erin Moriarity) accidentally shoots her drugs cartel boyfriend, she makes a desperate run for it, asking for help from her estranged father Link (Mel Gibson), a tough ex-con still on parole. Together, father and daughter go into hiding, pursued by vicious killers.

I know that Mad Mel doesn't think very highly of the English (or anyone who is not an Australian/American Catholic, for that matter), but I'm still a fan, and Blood Father proves that he still has what it takes, the star putting in a moving performance as a caring father who will do anything to protect his daughter.

This isn't an all-out action-fest, which might disappoint some viewers (although there are some great action scenes to be had)—it's a tale of redemption, with a flawed character doing his best to make up for past mistakes, which seems very apt: perhaps Hollywood should learn something from this film and give its troubled star one more chance.

Best moments: the opening bit of satire—16 year-old Lydia buys countless packs of bullets at a store without a problem, but is carded when it comes to cigarettes; the motorbike chase scene (nice to see Mel toting a shotgun once again); and what's that? Mel making fun of himself in a scene in which he spews hatred of minorities? I had to laugh.

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.

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