Mel Gibson Looks Badass And Psychotic In New Blood Father Trailer, And We're So On Board

There was a time when Mel Gibson was one of the most bankable stars on the planet. In recent years, however, we’ve seen him only sparingly in front of the camera. If you were a fan of Gibson in his action hero days of the 80’s and 90’s then it looks like his new film may be right down your alley. Check out the trailer for Blood Father.

In Blood Father, Mel Gibson will play John Link, an ex-con tattoo artist whose daughter comes back into his life after being missing for several years, and looks to have a great deal of bad news chasing after her. At one point in the trailer, we see a wanted poster with her picture on it, complete with a $30,000 reward, so it appears the daughter, played by Erin Moriarty, most recently of the Netflix series Jessica Jones, has followed in her father’s footsteps. With all the guns and cars, and the desert landscape, the trailer already feels like it’s something out of a Mad Max movie, though obviously, a more technologically advanced one. We’re not sure exactly what John Link went to prison for, but we’re pretty sure it was for something violent.

In the modern movie landscape, one can’t help but get a Taken vibe from Blood Father. It’s about a daughter who needs protection from a father who has a "very particular set of skills." The major difference here is that whileLiam Neeson did most of the chasing in Taken, Blood Father looks to have Mel Gibson as the one on the run.

Having said that, it’s not like Taken was a wholly original concept in itself, and the reason we go to see these movies anyway is to see the action sequences. Blood Father looks to have that covered. Mel has had a tough time in recent years, due to making some dumb decisions in his personal life, but we have to say this is just the sort of movie that we love to see him in. If enough people also agree, this could be the beginning of the career resurgence that the actor has been looking for. He’s also been working behind the camera on the WWII film Hacksaw Ridge, where he is back directing for the first time since 2006.

What do you think of Blood Father? Is this the late summer action movie you’ll be waiting for come August? Does the addition of Mel Gibson make you more, or less interested in checking it out? Let us know in the comments. Blood Father will hit theaters on August 25.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.