Boy Wonder (film)
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|Directed by||Michael Morrissey|
|Written by||Michael Morrissey|
Daniel Stewart Sherman
|Running time||93 minutes|
Boy Wonder is a 2010 American drama and psychological-thriller about vigilantism.
A young boy named Sean Donovan lives with his mother and abusive alcoholic father. His family is attacked in their car one night, resulting in the murder of his mother. Afterward, his father, Terry (Bill Sage) moves them to a nicer neighborhood.
Years later, Sean (Caleb Steinmeyer) is an excellent student, but has become antisocial, and he sees abuse in everyday arguments. He trains as a boxer and carries weapons at night as a vigilante. He kills an assaulter in an attempted mugging, and an eyewitness account garners the attention of Teresa Ames (Zulay Henao) who had recently been promoted to the homicide division of the NYPD. She investigates Sean who frequents the police station, secretly searching for information on his mother's killer, learning about his life and that he is fluent in other languages such as Chinese after he angrily berates a restaurant staff for insulting Teresa and other customers in their language. Sean defends a young woman being violently abused by her pimp and strikes him with a baton before shooting him.
While riding the train, Sean encounters a homeless man verbally harassing a Chinese family and the passengers of the train. He tells the family to leave the car before putting on face paint and brutally beating the man with brass knuckles. Teresa and her partner, who happen to be on the train, go to investigate, but Sean eludes them. Learning that the perpetrator spoke fluent Chinese, she suspects it's Sean. Her supervisor tells her not to investigate Sean, but she persists. Finally, the retired supervisor tells Teresa that the young Sean was able to clearly identify his mother's murderer from a photo book, but that Terry convinced him to withdraw his statement. The murderer's identity is also identified as Larry Childs (James Russo), which is a contract killer who Teresa arrested successfully 6 months ago, but who managed to get a 2-year sentence by his relationship with the prosecutor and a plea bargain deal for another case.
During a school party, Sean has an episodic memory recall where he remembers his mother's murderer calling his father by his old boxing nickname. Teresa finds a picture of Terry and the murderer as they knew each other before the attack. Sean assumes that Terry had staged the attack in order to get his mother's life insurance money. Sean confronts his father, but Terry adamantly denies this. Deeply convinced of his guilt, Sean shoots and kills Terry. Teresa tracks Sean down who states someone broke into their home and killed his father, but the way she later disposed the murder weapon the audience is left to infer that somehow she knew Sean killed his father.
Sometime later, Sean sends a letter to Larry, who is currently serving his 2-year sentence. In the letter Sean expressed his forgiveness to Larry, but also pleaded him to reveal the truth of his mother's murder, if his father has involved. He put an empty envelope, a red stamp and a black stamp together with the letter, and asked Larry to reply him with them: black stamp for his father's guilty, and red stamp for his father's innocence. After posting the replying letter, Larry fell on the ground in his cell and died, indicating that Sean had poisoned the envelope and the stamps, which Larry ingested by licking them to stick them on the envelope. In the last scene, Sean sees a red stamp on the envelope.
- Caleb Steinmeyer as Sean Donovan
- Zulay Henao as Teresa Ames
- James Russo as Larry Childs
- Bill Sage as Terry Donovan
- Tracy Middendorf as Mary Donovan
- Chuck Cooper as Bill Baldwin