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Boy Wonder (2010)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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A young boy witnesses the brutal murder of his mother during a Brooklyn car-jacking. Now a 17-year-old loner, Sean Donovan (Caleb Steinmeyer) is relentlessly haunted by his past and obsessed with finding his mother's killer. Drawn into a nocturnal urban underworld, Sean's consuming rage is vented one night, defending himself from a chaotic attack by a drug dealer. Thus begins his life as a quiet, straight-A student by day and a self-appointed hero at night. Investigating a series of vigilante

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An intriguing, low-budget look at a young vigilante whose "heroism" comes with much moral ambivalence.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Sometimes I think vigilante dramas would be more tolerable if they were pure violent payback, without all the moral grandstanding about our flawed criminal justice system.

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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I started watching it with moderate expectations and was surprised by how quickly I was drawn in; the movie works insistently on an emotional level.

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Morrissey displays a flair for moody atmospherics as his protagonist wanders Gotham's streets and subways at night, but the film relies too heavily on cryptic flashbacks and deliberate gaps in the narrative to create suspense.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (3)
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Though the story eventually develops some shading, Mr. Morrissey's enthusiasm for graphic novels is evident in every overstylized frame and underwritten conversation.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (5)
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Audience Reviews for Boy Wonder

Another vigilante movie, yet not. Nice dark twist to this one. This film combines humor, drama, mystery, emotion, a little action, and then throws in an unconventional ending to top things off. Really good independent film...
July 5, 2012

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Cast: James Russo, Zulay Henao, Tracy Middendorf, Bill Sage, John Sharian, Alex Manette, Suzanne Didonna, Caleb Steinmeyer

Director: Michael Morrissey

Summary: Years after witnessing his mother's brutal murder, withdrawn Sean Donovan develops a dark alter ego and starts dispensing some vigilante justice. But soon a dedicated cop picks up his trail, and Sean's twisted crusade begins to implode.

My Thoughts: "This surprisingly turned out to be better then what I was expecting. With a mostly unknown cast of characters, I was expecting bad acting, editing, and story-line. So it was nice to be surprised by how wrong I was. Caleb Steinmeyer, plays dark and brooding Sean Donovan. He did a great job in his role. I will have to look out for him in more roles. The revenge is brutal and swift. Sean becomes this darker alter ego and it is a bit scary how quiet and shy he is at first to then be this lethal force to be reckoned with. The ending was great. I was pleasantly surprised by it as well. Just a great revenge thriller. One I wouldn't mind seeing again."
June 9, 2012

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Much better than I thought it would be. An ensemble cast that clicks, a story that takes a few unanticipated turns, and a director that obviously knows his stuff.
May 20, 2012
Randy Tippy

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Dark, brooding, intense, atmospheric, and brilliantly executed, Boy Wonder is one of the best films the vigilante genre has to offer. It offers strong performances from all involved, especially a nuanced and gripping portrayal by Caleb Steinmeyer. The film is uncommonly smart, with a strong script that hits on authentic emotional beats, and offers a realistic depiction of trauma and the resulting psychological effects it has, without resorting to easy payoffs or cheap resolutions. The direction is excellent, smartly paced, and shot in an appropriate gritty, stylistic way. Everything about the film makes is engaging, troubling, and memorable.

4.5/5 Stars
May 21, 2012
Jeffrey Meyers

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