(Caleb Steinmeyer, James Russo, et al / DVD / R / 2011 / Inception Media Group)
Overview: 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?
DVD Verdict: I will tell you this now, 'Boy Wonder' takes a bit of time to get going, but when it does it turns out to be one of the best psychological thrillers that you will see this year. Always a favorite genre of movie for me, combined with a ponderous Good vs. Evil running theme (and one that gives pause to an indepth discussion both during and after, if you allow it to - we did!), 'Boy Wonder' is dark, thought-provoking and yet allows itself to be the perfect combination of both.
Overall, the acting is very good, super powerful, full of depth and meaning from all concerned - especially the stretched taut lead actor, Caleb Steinmeyer. Combined with a believable plot, to a point, as none of believed that he could spend so much time in a poice station going through mug shots of his mothers killer - whilst not being seen making notes of which ones need vigilante justice, it is a kind of superhero movie. Just not the kind you think you're in for given its title and its front cover art.
The ending is 100% NOT SEEN COMING and will make you all put your hands over your mouths and gasp, trust me! Indeed, I can totally see why 'Boy Wonder' has won upwards of 15 awards thus far. This is a true breath of fresh air from a solid Indy-Film director who doesn't pull one single punch. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.