A true hidden gem.
I stumbled across this by pure accident when, on a whim, I decided to pick up a Netflix account. So yes, this is on Netflix if you have it and I highly suggest you check it out. Either way, this film is directed, produced, and written by Michael Morrissey II, and is also apparently one of his first works. Don’t let that scare you though, for this is a great film. Really, this is a true vigilante film, done right, and seems truly able to happen in real life.
In terms of vigilante’s go, while the title may make you think of Dick Grayson, his character would probably be more like that of Bruce Wayne. Well, if we’re talking DC, maybe Damian Wayne would really be best. Our Vigilante, Sean Donovan, is moody, obsessive, and extremely smart while having few friends. Stated he’s an A-student who knows multiple languages, and much of his time outside of studying is spent training. Running, hitting a gym. Tossing on a hooded sweatshirt to go out and fight crime. In fact, he hunts some down, and fights them. The fights aren’t pretty. After all, Sean isn’t a comic based character here. While he’s a good fighting, he takes so me pretty nasty blows himself. He makes mistakes, and other things you tend not to see comic vigilantes do.
Sean is played by Caleb Steinmeyer, who is also a relatively new name, but does an amazing job with the role. His acting perfect for the part, and spot on in every scene. The rest of the cast holds up extremely well in their parts, too, especially the main supporting role of Zulay Henao as officer Teresa Ames. The writing and all in this film is amazing. In 93 minutes we get a great story showing everything we need to know from history, character connections, motives, and a story that connects it all while questioning morality.
This film is an amazing hidden gem that I suggest any comic or “superhero” fan should go check out.