If I was trying to create a snazzy pull quote to add to the “Hell or High Water” lobby poster (one that is already filled with oversold promises), it would be “redneck edge.” Fashioned as a genre-advancing Modern Western from the same screenwriter that knocked us out with “Sicario” last year, director David Mackenzie’s new film is inspired in ambition but lax in execution. Its edge is the inability to decide whether to bark or bite.
“Blood Father” resurrects the cagey and fierce Mel Gibson. Languishing on an invisible black list, the “Braveheart” Oscar winner is living in a new age demographic and hoping to crack back into the larger spotlight. Mel might not be able to leap through dozens of stunt sequences anymore, but the man has lost none of his psychological vigor or resolve. His brand of crazy still works in this throwback actioner.