Blood Father Review: The film is marketed as a B-movie action thriller

Blood Father has a blissfully short run-time with some entertaining action scenes and a barnstorming performance from Mel Gibson making it one of my favourite movies of the year.

Blood Father (Bo Gia Sat Thu) is possibly the biggest surprise of 2016. I knew it was going to be a good movie due to positive buzz. And the involvement of the immensely talented Mel Gibson. But the film was so much more than what I was expecting.

The film is marketed as a B-movie action thriller. And it is that but there’s such a strong emphasis on the character development and plot rather than action sequences and the dialog, particularly Gibson and William H. Macy’s is very funny and surprisingly well written.

Blood Father reminds me of action films (phim hanh dong chieu rap) from the late 80s and early 90s like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon where you watch them for the performances and the experience rather than seeing shit get blown up. Blood Father is an absolute gem of a modern thriller/drama. And please see it wherever you can as it’s limited release in cinemas.

It’s not some thought provoking masterpiece and it has a simple premise. But for what it is, it’s absolutely terrific. Welcome back Mel Gibson.

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