Monday, 23 March 2015

Earth to Echo Review

Earth to Echo

Release Date: 3rd July 2014 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (Uncredited)
Panay Films

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Sci-Fi/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 86 minutes

Budget: $13,000,000

Box Office Gross: $45,336,704

Plot Summary
After receiving a bizarre 
series of encrypted 
messages, a group of 
kids embark on an 
adventure with an 
alien who needs their 

Teo Halm - Alex
Brian "Astro" Bradley - Tuck
Reese Hartwig - Munch
Ella Wahlestedt - Emma
Jason Gray-Stanford - Dr.
Lawrence Masden
Algee Smith - Marcus Simms
Cassius Willis - Calvin Simms
Sonya Leslie - Theresa Simms
Kerry O'Malley - Janice Douglas
Virginia Louise Smith - Betty
Peter Mackenzie - James Hastings
Valerie Wildman - Christine Hastings
Mary Pat Gleason - Dusty

Director - Dave Green
Story/Screenplay - Henry Gayden
Story/Producer - Andrew Panay
Co-Producers - Adam Blum and
Ken Halsband
Producer - Ryan Kavanaugh
Production Designer - Kasra Farahani
Cinematography - Maxime Alexandre
Costume Designer - Judianna Makovsky
Visual Effects Supervisor - Josh Saeta
Film Editors - Carsten Kurpanek and
Crispin Struthers
Music - Joseph Trapanese

I was in shock that the teaser for EARTH TO ECHO was released four years after SUPER 8 (click here) and I would hypothesise that these both movies were alike in terms of similar themes and inspirations out of Steven Spielberg's superbly fashioned classics like E.T. (click here) and THE GOONIES. Since J. J. Abrams' hit shook the many sci-fi loving filmgoers and had a lot of maturity and frightening content inside for the teens and young adults, it was without a doubt was similar to E.T. but very low-budgeted. Many of the people who have seen SUPER 8 mentioned a dozen times in their web chatting and reviews that they've considered it to be its knock-off, a sad truth nonetheless that its writers can't seem to think fresh ideas and may have taken some of its elements out of the box and into the ground it goes as they say. This is meant to be aimed at young audiences, I still need to mention the finer details of this film before I get on with the conclusion of this post.

The lead protagonists are shown to be less equal than the ones in SUPER 8 that all each had their different personalities and character developments, especially the girl with the blonde hair who almost bores an uncanny likeness to Elle Fanning's role in the original where she was a far more greater focus to the plot. I love the cute little alien robot design which although helpful to the film, he could have ended up as if he was the main character not that he is able to fall in the category with the more established film bots such as WALL-E and R2D2.

This isn't exactly an alternative feature that anyone envisioned it to be, but is a less scarier version of SUPER 8. It's a forgettable entry and I don't need to watch it a second time since it stands as below average.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

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