Film Review: Bad Frank

Posted By admin on December 4, 2017 5:55pm

By: Sungwoo Park

Bad Frank is a rage-filled revenge saga, driven in equal parts by notions of toxic masculinity and mental instability. The film follows the story of the deeply flawed protagonist (the namesake ‘Frank’, played by Kevin Interdonato) as he is unwittingly pulled from his seemingly normal life into the criminal underworld, bringing forth elements from his repressed past. The film doesn’t shy away from hinting at its dark undertones from the very onset, with one of the earliest scenes showing Frank angrily smashing his hand with a hammer for no apparent reason. The setting of the story - the inaccessible, sparsely populated backcountry of somewhere in rural America - serves as an appropriate context for Frank’s mental isolation, as well as the solemn, spartan masculinity that characterizes the cultural context which only further exacerbates Frank’s anguish. In the end, Bad Frank is an unsettling film, defined by its moments of violence and rage. But in its quieter moments it manages ask deeper questions surrounding the individual identity and the relationships that we forge with the people around us.

Bad Frank is an official selection of the 2017 New York City Independent Film Festival.

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