Boy Wonder | Chicago Reader

Boy Wonder

Rated R 93 minutes 2010

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. But of course people need a small side salad so they can feel good about their slab of beef. This debut feature by writer-director Michael Morrissey centers on a Brooklyn high school student (Caleb Steinmeyer) who saw his mother murdered in a carjacking ten years earlier and now prowls the city looking for street scum to punish. His counterpart is a young homicide detective (Zulay Henao) who suspects him but—wouldn't you know it?—begins to question the law after a dangerous criminal she apprehended gets off easy in a plea bargain. Visually and rhetorically, this is indistinguishable from a network cop show.

Film Credits

Director: Michael Morrissey

Producer: David Green, Joe Morrissey, Michael Morrissey and John Scaccia

Cast: Bill Sage, James Russo, Zulay Henao, Tracy Middendorf, John Sharian, Kether Donohue, Jim Devoti, Roberta Wallach, Nicole Patrick, Daniel Stewart Sherman, James Chen and Jeremy Bobb

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