Mel Gibson shows no mercy in 'Blood Father' trailer

Is 'Blood Father' Mel Gibson's Comeback?

If you're looking to mess with anyone close to Mel Gibson's character in his new film "Blood Father," you're going to have to deal with him first.

Directed by Jean-François Richet, the film stars Gibson as John Link, an ex-convict tattoo artist who's estranged daughter suddenly reenters his life — but not for breezy reasons.

His daughter, played by Erin Moriarty, hasn't seen her father in years, but suddenly stumbles back in to his life when a drug cartel — helmed by Diego Luna — is hunting her down for murder.

Set in an almost post-apocalyptic desert setting, reminiscent of Gibson's 1979 action-thriller "Mad Max," Gibson will fight to the death to protect his daughter. The film also stars William H. Macy, Michael Parks and is penned by Peter Craig.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Signage for actor Shia LaBeouf's #IAmSorry art installation is seen on February 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 17: Actor Shia LaBeouf is seen on March 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, Ca - June 05: Shia LaBeouf is seen on June 05, 2013 in Los Angeles, Ca. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: (L-R) Shia LaBeouf and Robert Redford attend the TimesTalks Presents: 'The Company You Keep' at TheTimesCenter on April 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Shia LaBeouf is seen on May 23, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf attend TimesTalks Presents: 'The Company You Keep' at TheTimesCenter on April 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: (L-R) Actor Shia LaBeouf, New York Times media columnist David Carr and actor/ director Robert Redford attend TimesTalks Presents: 'The Company You Keep' at TheTimesCenter on April 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: (L-R) Actor James Buckley, director Fredrik Bond and actor Shia LaBeouf attend the Stella Artois hosted Press Junket for The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman on January 22, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Stella Artois)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: (L-R) Actor Shia LaBeouf and director Fredrik Bond attend Day 4 of the Variety Studio at 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Actor Shia LaBeouf attends 'The Company You Keep' Premiere at the 69th Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lars von Trier, Mia Goth, Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf attend the 'Nymphomaniac' Photocall on September 20, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Mathis Wienand/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Actor/Director Robert Redford (R) and actor Shia LaBeouf attend 'The Company You Keep' Premiere at the 69th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on September 6, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Director Robert Redford (R) and actor Shia LaBeouf attend 'The Company You Keep' Premiere at the 69th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on September 6, 2012 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Coming five years after his attempt to redirect his acting career with Jodie Foster's "The Beaver," and after several public blunders, "Blood Father" might be the prescription the doctor ordered for Gibson's career. Gibson only appeared in three films after "The Beaver," including "The Expendables 3" along with Sylvester Stallone.

Variety's critic Owen Gleiberman said of Gibson in his review of the film: "A grimy little pulp action thriller gives him the chance to show that he's still got it."

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