THR 'Blood Father': Cannes Review

Mel Gibson headlines the latest feature from French director Jean-Francois Richet ('Assault on Precinct 13'), an action thriller costarring Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna and William H. Macy.
French-produced films about American daddies wanting to protect their female offspring have basically become an unofficial subgenre since the success of the first Taken film, so it’s easy to see why French director Jean-Francois Richet (Mesrine, the decent but not exceptional Assault on Precinct 13 remake) signed up to direct Blood Father. Presumably, Liam Neeson wasn’t available so this time another testosterone-addled sexagenarian signed up for the lead: Mel Gibson. The result of their collaboration, which will be released by Lionsgate in August, is a serviceable piece of B-movie entertainment without an ounce of originality. But audiences that respond to films like these are unlikely to think that's a dealbreaker.

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