Haunting and profoundly riveting, Boy Wonder grips you from the very beginning and carries you breathlessly through its darkly twisted, thoroughly unpredictable plot, before leaving you gasping as the screen goes black and the credits roll. To say that it keeps you on the edge of your seat belies the fact that it draws you in so completely you forget that your sitting on a seat at all.
It’s hard to believe that Boy Wonder is the writer/director, Michael Morrissey‘s, first film. The production is seamless, thanks to the stellar writing, the supremely gifted actors and the incredible editing. Filmed on location in Bay Ridge and Marine Park, Brooklyn, you can tell this is home turf for the filmmakers, as there is an intimacy to the surroundings that permeates the atmosphere of the movie. The dialogue is brilliant, capturing anguish and humor with equal (and what feels effortless) dexterity—so real and fresh that you forget it had to be written down first.
The deeply disturbing, singularly twisted inner turmoil of the film’s “hero” (the tagline of Boy Wonder is “beware the hero”) is shocking, yet he is portrayed with such humanity–simultaneously frail and darkly deranged–that we, as his witnesses and allies, are as wrapped up in his struggle as the film is. The film, in fact, seems so deeply entrenched in the inner world of the main character, that it touches the edges of becoming surreal, almost drunkenly emotional. Thus, the morality play of Boy Wonder becomes deeply complex and wonderfully compelling–the kind of subject that will stay on your mind for days after you’ve left the theater.
So get yourself to a theater! This film is slated to have only a short run at the AMC Village 7 (3rd Avenue and 13th street), so if you want to be one of the privileged few who get to see this highly acclaimed, award-winning feature on the big screen, don’t take your chances: get your tickets now.
Boy Wonder Synopsis:
In this riveting and gritty psychological-thriller, a young boy witnesses the brutal murder of his mother during a Brooklyn car-jacking… leaving him to be raised by his alcoholic father (Bill Sage, Handsome Harry, 2010 Best Picture-nominee Precious, If Lucy Fell). Now a 17-year-old loner, Sean Donovan (Caleb Steinmeyer, HBO’s True Blood, ABC’s Lost) 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 murders, hot-shot new homicide detective Teresa Ames (Zulay Henao, Fighting, S. Darko, Feel the Noise) – broken by her own troubled life – takes an interest in Sean and his case. Yet the closer Teresa gets, the more suspicious she becomes. Engaged in a twisting game of cat and mouse, Sean and Teresa become allies by day … and enemies by night.
But what is a real hero? Who decides what is right or wrong? As the boundaries between justice and vengeance 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.
Written and directed by Michael Morrissey, who makes his feature film debut, Boy Wonder also stars James Russo (Public Enemies, Extremities) and Tracy Middendorf (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Mission Impossible III).