ByElise Jost, writer at Creators.co
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A rugged and pissed old man exploits the mistakes from his past as he tries to "do the right thing"; although this description could hint at Mel Gibson's career, it's the story of the new movie he's starring in. With a lead role that seems suited to bringing the American/Australian actor back to the big screen, Blood Father just released a trailer in which Gibson plays a disgruntled father whose daughter is being chased by a gang of drug dealers.

'Blood Father' Is About A Repenting Criminal Saving His Daughter From A Bunch Of Even Worse Criminals

Directed by French filmmaker Jean-François Richet, who also created the eponymous series about the French criminal Mesrine, Blood Father centers around John Link, an ex-convict running a dusty tattoo shop who thinks his daughter went missing — until she calls for help from a rusty old payphone.

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Why Not Productions

Turns out, the young girl, played by Erin Moriarty, has been running away from a gang of drug dealers, who later show up at Link's trailer looking for her. And they will not leave him alone until they find her.

What if I want a tattoo of her name? / Why Not Productions
What if I want a tattoo of her name? / Why Not Productions

That's where Daddy's former gun-wielding habits are coming in handy.

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Why Not Productions

Get ready for a whole lot of shooting and running, as Link and daughter try to make an escape.

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Why Not Productions

It's going to be a long ride, but even with a gun pointed to his forehead, Link is determined to not let anyone get to his daughter.

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Why Not Productions

And blows a lot of stuff up in the process.

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Why Not Productions

You'll get a good dose of sandy and dusty chase scenes through the heat of the desert, thanks to the movie's set-up in New Mexico.

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Why Not Productions

Clearly, Gibson's character here is a badass who's guaranteeing us some rough, down-and-dirty action.

This Role Really Fits Mel Gibson

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Why Not Productions

The role of John Link, who we hear in the trailer bitterly calling himself "a real success story," seems fitting for Gibson, whose career went downhill after a string of controversies regarding his racist comments, homophobic declarations and a restraining order filed after accusations of domestic violence by former partner Oksana Grigorieva. He's also been battling depression and alcoholism, which led him to cancel several projects.

Let's see what he brings in Blood Father, which seems to be taken — sorry, taking — clues from movies such as Taken, No Country For Old Men and Gibson's character in The Expendables 3.

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Why Not Productions

The movie is set for release on August 25 in Australia; the American release date is yet to be announced.

Are you happy to see Mel Gibson back in a leading role?

Sources: JoBlo, A.V. Club

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