Plot: Frank (Kevin Interdonato) seems to have an almost idyllic lifestyle, with a nice home, good friends, and a beautiful wife, Gina (Amanda Clayton). But while things are good for Frank right now, he has a dark past and has struggled to keep himself on the right path in life. His previous actions have caused him to be estranged from his parents and building back trust has been a slow, painful process. Frank does want to escape the criminal lifestyle of his past, but in a moment of impulse, he agrees to ride along on one last job, working as protection during a drug deal. But when the deal goes south and violence erupts, he knows he is a lot of trouble. In an effort to do the right thing, he wants to report the incident and keep his name clear, but when word leaks about his intentions, Frank faces some serious repercussions. As he talks to his wife on the phone, he is accosted by one of the men involved in the drug deal and then, she is kidnapped before Frank can arrive to help. With burned bridges all around him, does Frank have any chance to save his wife?
Entertainment Value: This is a premise we’ve seen countless times, as someone tries to leave the past behind, but gets pulled in one last time. The other side of the narrative is the kidnapping of Frank’s wife, again not the most original element, but Bad Frank is still a solid, dark thriller. I appreciated how the threads of each character slowly unwound over time, revealing a web of backstories that enhanced the narrative and made sure you were always hooked in. The movie also avoids the “been there, done that” feel thanks to the lead performer, Kevin Interdonato. He is able to convey the boiling rage of Frank with intense realism, you believe he can snap at any second and be capable of all sorts of violence. His performance drives the movie and is quite good, especially when squared off against Tom Sizemore, who also plays an unstable, volatile role. The two bring a lot to the table here and while the supporting cast has some bright spots, it is Interdonato and Sizemore that shoulder the movie. Although, it was fun to see Dante from Clerks have a fork stabbed into his hand. This one is dark, violent, and has some nice twists and turns, a more than solid movie. If you like dark, gritty thrillers, give Bad Frank a look.
The movie opens with a beautiful, naked woman riding cowgirl, showing off her breasts and bare ass. While I do appreciate that kind of open, that was all the nakedness we got in this one. Oh, Frank does bare his ass when he bangs a chick over a sink, so there’s that as well. There’s ample violence though, with fights, torture scenes, and shoot outs, but not much in terms of bloodshed. The finale includes a brutal scene with some splashes, but we’re not shown the devastation, as it happens off camera. I would have loved to see the aftermath even, as I am sure the guy’s face was pounded into bone powder, but no such luck. The writing is passable, but doesn’t have a lot of memorable lines and given the serious tone, no camp value is present. But we do get a lot of tough guy talk and back in the day moments, just no home run lines. The performance of Interdonato is one of the crazier elements of Bad Frank, as he really seems like a maniac on the verge of a torrent of violence. But outside of that, this one sticks close to thriller tropes and doesn’t feel too out there.
Overall Insanity: 2/10