Boy Wonder (2011)



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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 … More

Rating: R (for some brutal violence and pervasive language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Morrissey
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 8, 2011
Lightning Entertainment - Official Site


as Sean Donovan

as Teresa Ames

as Terry Donovan

as Mary Donovan

as Larry Childs

as Bill Baldwin
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Critic Reviews for Boy Wonder

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
Top Critic

Though the story eventually develops some shading, Mr. Morrissey's enthusiasm for graphic novels is evident in every overstylized frame and underwritten conversation.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

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...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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."


Super Reviewer


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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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