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Boy Wonder (2011)

Caleb Steinmeyer , James Russo , Michael Morrissey  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Caleb Steinmeyer, James Russo
  • Directors: Michael Morrissey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Inception Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GLHO48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A young Brooklyn boy witnesses the brutal murder of his mother and grows up obsessed with finding her killer. Thus begins his life as a quiet, straight-A student by day and a self-appointed hero at night. But what is a real hero? And who decides what is right or wrong? As the boundaries blur, Sean's dual life wears on his psyche and his two worlds careen dangerously close to colliding. Like a graphic novel you can't put down, Boy Wonder challenges morality, distorting perceptions of what is right and what is justified, as it races to its shocking conclusion.

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Don't believe the marketing blurbs. This movie is NOT a superhero flick, and if you go into it looking for a fun action-adventure you are going to be miserably disappointed. "Boy Wonder" is actually a very dark psychological thriller about a disturbed young man whose life was changed forever by the murder of his mother. Unable to deal with the pain and anger, he unleashes his violent fantasies on criminals and bullies.

The premise may sound like a Batman origin story, but the relationship ends there. There is no "WHAM POW and the good guys win" in Boy Wonder, just a self-destructive young man spiraling out of control, immersing himself in violence to deaden the pain. If you like stories with this element of darkness, then Boy Wonder is a must-see.

Otherwise, just go watch Iron Man 2 again.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark, Powerful Thriller! June 24, 2012
Boy Wonder is not a superhero movie. Although it shares a similar origin story to many of our favorite superheroes, Boy Wonder is about a kid, Sean, that witnesses his mother get murdered. He is haunted by this memory and decides to hunt down the man that killed his mom. Throughout the story, he'll seek justice for others usually in a violent way (often fist-fighting or shooting). There are other psychological aspects that you begin to notice during the second half of the film when you realize Sean may actually be mentally ill. The ending has some decent twists. The emotional story, the thrilling action, and even the comedy between the cops make this film a great one. The acting was great, and the music really stood out to me. Definitely one of the better films released recently. Is it a pure superhero film? No. Don't expect a huge budget with amazing special effects and mutated villains. This is a realistic film of a young man seeking justice.

There is some violence and blood throughout the film, and there is no sex or nudity. If you're even slightly interested, Boy Wonder is available on Netflix streaming as of 6/24/12. I highly recommend you check it out.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 4, 2013
By Roger
Format:Amazon Instant Video
The only reason I didn't rate this a five is that it misses some of the the attributes of a high dollar film. Though quite subtle, you could see that the budget was somewhat restrained. Having said that, I'm sure I'll curse myself for months (as, in fact, I am now) for not not declaring my freedom from high dollar films.

This movie was perfect.

It'll be a long time before I forget this movie. One thing you'll not want to do is blink. If you blink you'll miss something. It's not just because the film requires attention and thought, but because it will also dig into every emotion you've ever owned and set them afire.

I replayed the ending four times. I challenge you to do it in fewer.

In short, this was an amazingly good film. A movie in the finest tradition of excellence. I'll be watching for Michael Morrissey's next venture. Morrissey wrote, directed and produced this film. He's a star.

I've just changed my rating to 5.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vigilante, Thriller Flick that Will keep you guessing February 16, 2014
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There have been a spate of super hero films my personal fave being `Super', but there are some very good ones indeed and I thought this might be the same. Happily I was completely wrong - this owes as much to revenge films as any other genre. We meet Sean (played with considered poise by Caleb Steinmeyer - `Lost'). He witnessed the brutal murder of his mother as a child and has since become something of a recluse. His alcoholic father with a history of domestic abuse and is ambiguous in his paternal role but it is quite clear from the start that Sean aint exactly crazy about pops.

He maintains the guise of a straight `A student' at school and spends his spare time going through mug shots of ne'er do wells at the local Police precinct who handled the murde - ostensibly to identify his mothers killer. Then a new female detective comes along and takes a big professional interest in our reclusive teen who seems to be always `falling over' and getting bruised etc. What he is hiding is that he has become a night stalker, vigilante who wants to take out bad guys. This is not a `Death Wish' he actually comes across as genuinely scared at what he is doing; but he goes ahead anyway. The violence is the realistic sort - not stylised rubbish that owes more to choreography and as such it all adds to lend authenticity to the film.

I kept thinking this was going to verge into cliché as it has the feel of a low budget indie film, but it keeps you guessing right up till the end and the more I saw, the more I really liked it. It has also stayed with me which is no bad thing at all. God acting, great script, genuine twsits and an actual thriller of a plot. The only thing they appear to have got wrong was the lack of publicity as I only happened across this by chance - absolutely recommended.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie November 7, 2011
My husband and I are movie buffs. We love to sit down and watch a new film whenever we have the chance. Psychological-thrillers are one of my favorite types of movies. Combine that with a good versus evil theme and I'm sold! Boy Wonder is the perfect combination. The acting is good and it has a believable plot which is a nice change for a superhero movie. I can totally see why it has won 15 awards.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars confused
slow and ending was sort of good, but not sure what happened.
Published 1 hour ago by Jeffrey A. Lucia
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
NOT A HERO MOVIE, but a dark twisted psyche movie. Well done, well acted.
Published 15 hours ago by ineedanewaddress
2.0 out of 5 stars Only if you're desperate
The premis was okay but the acting was amateur hour, especially the lady detective. It must have been her first ever film credit. Read more
Published 7 days ago by IntoMoYouKnow
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch the WHOLE movie and see the VERY VERY END .... SOoooo worth your...
Revenge movie...sure, add in some teen angst...yup, honor the title and he is smart & Driven, but GOTTA see the VERY VERY END ... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jack
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting and not as predictable as most vigilante movies.
Published 10 days ago by Amy Wells
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This was a good movie. Not what I expected. Its a good watch if your board.
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars He doesn't look that bad, but he is
A totally unasuming young man but with increadable determination. I could see how this movie could have a sequal. Read more
Published 16 days ago by GBoswell
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Would not recommend
Published 17 days ago by CJPJ
3.0 out of 5 stars it's worth a watch
its okay ending could have been done better.
Published 17 days ago by Uncle Dale
4.0 out of 5 stars Good acting, good story, good movie
I liked the movie. I thought the acting was done well and the story was good as well. I didn't find it as dark as others seem to. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Michael K. Moore
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