One of our favorite genres is the revenge thriller. Taken, Lucky Number Slevin, Man on Fire, Dead Man’s Shoes, Mad Max, The Punisher, Punisher: War Zone, and so forth. So, we were in the mood for something dark and gritty following our viewing of Headhunters. Boy Wonder (2010) has been sitting in our Netflix queue for some time and seemed like the right film for the occasion. Since we see virtually no mention of it anywhere, we suspect the movie didn’t perform well at the box office. Shame, that.
Boy Wonder (written and directed by Michael Morrissey) is set in New York City and centers around a small cast of family members, cops, and thugs. The film’s lead, Sean Donovan, is severely traumatized after watching his mother be brutally murdered. The film spends most of it’s time in Sean’s present day last year in high school with flashbacks occurring periodically as he continues to hunt for his mother’s killer. Perhaps to satiate his anger a little bit, he starts to take out some other thugs for their misdeeds, primarily criminals that have attacked women and children that are escaping justice.
A new hotshot detective, Teresa Ames, arrives at the precinct where Sean is operating and starts to notice connections surrounding the boy. She has her own issues with a criminal (Larry Childs) she has fought hard to get convicted but appears to be beating the rap. Things get complicated when Teresa’s and Sean’s obsessions intersect.
This film is fairly simple, but some underlying elements make it more interesting than a straight on-revenge film like Death Wish. Sean is clearly disturbed and his demeanor shows a level of unhinged behavior. Every once in a while, the perspective of the film subtly shifts from reality to Sean’s distorted point of view. It makes Sean all the more dangerous because we aren’t quite sure if he’s losing his ability to clearly discern right from wrong. To a degree, this warped perspective reminds us of Donnie Darko.
If you like revenge films, this one is worth it. Our primary criticism is that the movie feels like it should go full tilt into the whole revenge thing with vicious thugs and criminal escape artists falling by the dozens. Instead it tries to straddle both a psychological treatment of a broken mind combined with a level of typical comeuppance that we thought we were going to see. We would have enjoyed watching either but combined, the film feels like it tries to do too much and therefore accomplishes too little. Having said that, however, if you want a pure revenge thriller, it’s still worth watching in spite of what the critics thought.
Critics’ review at Rotten Tomatoes: 40%
Viewers’ review at IMDB: 6.7
Our review: 3 out of 5 stars
Mary Donovan is Sean’s doting mom. She is also dead after a brutal attack.
Tony T the is a pedophile and with Stretch they are drug dealers that mess with the wrong guy
Joe Mancini is a pimp. Now, he is also Sean’s dead bitch.
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And lastly, here are two Boy Wonder characters from the DC Universe that also deserve to seek revenge.