Aside from his cartoon villain roles in the likes of Machete Kills (2013) and The Expendables 3 (2014), we haven't properly seen Mel Gibson in action since How I Spent My Summer Vacation (2012). That is about to be remedied by the gnarly thriller Blood Father, in which a grizzled Gibson takes arms against a desert of bad guys.
If Gibson's recent form and shenanigans don't quite have you cheering for this, it is worth noting Blood Father's promisingly heavyweight pedigree. The director is Jean-François Richet, who made both parts of the stunning Mesrine (2008). And it is based on a novel by Peter Craig, who also wrote The Town. Craig shares the screenplay's credit with Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton).
Blood Father sees Gibson as down at heel tattoo artist John Link, throwing his parole into jeopardy when he gets into a spat with some drug dealers who have taken issue with his estranged daughter.
William H. Macy (Fargo), Elisabeth Röhm (American Hustle), Thomas Mann (Project X), Erin Moriarty (The Kings Of Summer), Diego Luna (Milk) and Michael Parks (Kill Bill) co-star, and the film is out in the UK on 7 October.