Mel Gibson’s Beastmode

Mel Gibson in Force of Nature. (Lionsgate)
Rude, ornery Mel Gibson is the best Mel Gibson, at least on the screen.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ate-period Mel Gibson is probably the best Mel Gibson; in film after film after film he plays ornery old bastards with such conviction that each successive outing feels like a personal trip to the confessional. He doesn’t need the money anymore, and most of these roles are in indie movies that pay very little anyway; he works because he still has something to say, and the main thing he seems to want to discuss is his own demons.

Force of Nature, a low-budget B-movie thriller just released via VOD, works best when Gibson is onscreen to rain belligerence on all comers

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