Blood Father

There’s a lot of Mel Gibson’s grizzled growling to enjoy here, if you like that kind of thing, but this desert-set entry into the Hoary Old Geezer Action Movie sub-genre has such a dull, predictable plot – a Mexican cartel spends lots of time and effort chasing after a young woman (Erin Moriarty) and her ex-con recovering alcoholic father (Gibson) – that it’s difficult to sustain any interest for long, despite a relatively short running time. Hardly a surprise that Blood Father bombed at the box office; it’s not bad, just familiar and forgettable. (**½)