‘…but you can’t be a prick all your life and then just say never mind.
I can’t fix everything I broke… all I can do is not drink, so I won’t do that today.’
Mel Gibson’s John Link says these words at the beginning of Blood Father, but the conviction with which he says them could be a reflection of his own thinking. It’s a movie, so we’ll never know for sure, but even acknowledging Gibson’s problems in such a roundabout way adds some poignancy to what is otherwise could have been a standard B-movie thriller.
There’s a new trailer for Blood Father, the movie in which Mel Gibson plays the less-than-law-abiding biological father to a girl who’s gotten herself in a lot of trouble.
It’s the latest entry in the geriatric action (geriaction?) genre and looks as formulaic in its own way as the Taken movies were. The selling point, of course, is that Gibson isn’t just an action hero, he’s a great actor.
Blood Father will be in theaters and on VOD on August 12th. Check out the new trailer after the break.
After a mission goes wrong, Barney Ross decides to retire his team and recruit a bunch of (relative) youngsters. The result is a movie that runs for a bit over two hours and serves none of the characters well.
Gibson is back, taking us to the edge and into the sinister darkness beyond on Tuesday May 11, 2010 as Edge of Darkness comes to DVD, Combo Pack, Blu_Ray and Download
The bullet that killed his daughter was meant for Boston cop Thomas Craven or that’s what police brass and Craven himself think, but that’s not what the investigation finds. Clue after clue and witness after witness, the search leads him into a shadowy realm where money and political intrigue intersect. If Craven wasn’t a target before, he and anyone linked to his inquiry has become one. Mel Gibson stars in his first screen lead in eight years, Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) directs from a screenplay co-written by The Departed’s William Monahan.
Edge of Darkness marked actor Mel Gibson’s return to a big screen leading role since his role in the 2002 thriller, Signs. Released worldwide in late January of 2010, Edge of Darkness was not the huge box office success of earlier Gibson led motion pictures but did manage to end it’s run in late April with a respectable $89M total box office gross which was $29M over the cost of the $60M budget.
She hasn’t even been home a full evening when Emma Craven [Bojana Novakovic] is killed by a shotgun blast fired by a man in a ski mask – right in front of her father, police detective Thomas Craven [Mel Gibson]. His search for vengeance turns up disquieting things – like the possibility of Emma being a terrorist, or the possibility that she might have been about to blow the whistle on the company for which she worked, for making nuclear weapons.
Based on the ten-year old BBC mini-series of the same name, Edge of Darkness marks Gibson’s first appearance in a movie in almost eight years. While it doesn’t have the scope of the mini-series – especially in terms of the politics and illicit nukes angles, it does work as a revenge thriller for a few reasons…