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A group of friends investigate a series of bizarre text messages they receive after a construction project begins in their neighborhood.

Starring:
Astro, Reese Hartwig
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Astro, Reese Hartwig, Teo Halm
Director Dave Green
Genres Science Fiction
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 17 November 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Astro, Reese Hartwig, Teo Halm
Director Dave Green
Genres Science Fiction
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 17 November 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lorna on 11 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
This is a film for a very specific age group, children for whom technology is heavily integrated into their lives, young enough to still enjoy wonder but old enough to not be put off by the self-filmed style of the camera work. I watched with my 8 year old son, possibly even he was slightly too young to fully 'get' this film, although he absolutely adored Echo.

However younger children in the cinema looked thoroughly bored, some left mid-way through.

To be honest, with so many forumlaic children's films around, this one felt refreshing, not at all patronising, not as cutesy as it could have been, which was good.

I enjoyed this film a great deal. Rather than similarities with ET as is mentioned on the blurb, I'd say this has more in common with Stand By Me, a little touch of Batteries Not Included and there's elements of The Last Mimzy too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A E Bagnall on 18 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This was a really enjoyable film, a nice change from all the bad language and violance. A nice film to watch with the family. Along the same sort of theme as Super8. Nice visual effects, good story. Wish they would make more films like this. Reminds me of Flight Of The Navigator.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 July 2014
Format: DVD
This film is basically ET with a hand held camera. Some kids get a phone signal that they decipher as a map. Late at night they take their bicycles (with bike cam) and travel 20 miles into the desert to find an alien mechanical device that needs help, but can only communicate through beeps. They go on a scavenger hunt tailed by the US government. The device can control electronics and make metal move around at will, except anything the US government uses to capture and dissect it.

The film takes place in Nevada. They were able to demonstrate hand held film supposedly made by a thirteen year old is as bad as one made by a twenty something. The alien device was not exciting. Clearly a film made for targeted preteens/ early teens. Has a message on friendship.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs,sex, or nudity. PG swearing.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Lister on 2 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
There's no getting away from it. The spectres of E.T. and Super 8, and a host of small town boys-and-bicycles adventure stories in-between, hang over this spirited but frustratingly flawed family movie. It's about a trio of young teenage friends whose home town is about to be bulldozed to make way for a freeway. On their last night together they investigate some strange signals picked up on their smartphones, which lead them to a tiny alien named Echo. It takes a plucky female recruit, Emma (Ella Wahlestedt), to work out that Echo is attempting to build a gigantic spaceship to take him home. However, there are government officials fussing about and they have other ideas. Sound familiar?

The three main child performers are engaging. Okay, Teo Halm as foster child Alex is a bit bland, but Reese Hartwig as the hapless Munch has the energetic appeal of early Sean Astin or Corey Feldman, while X-Factor's Brian Bradley carries the movie confidently as the fearless Tuck. If only they stopped remarking on how "Insane!" or "Amazing!" events are (something Spielberg managed in five simple notes in Close Encounters of the Third Kind), we might have a chance of experiencing some of that wonder ourselves. Despite the subject matter, one is left with the sense that this was simply a pretty awesome childhood summer rather than a world-changing experience. Tuck, as the verbose narrator, attempts to provide some thematic guidance at the end, but I was still never really clear what the film was about. There's talk of loss and friendship and communication - but it's mostly just talk.

Echo is sidelined. This is Major Issue #1. He's cute as a button, sure, and has an amusingly chaotic way of grabbing spaceship parts (without maiming anyone, somehow), but what's he really there for?
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By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
The beauty of some modern children’s film (and I’m thinking the likes of Toy Story, Shrek and a few select others) is that they can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. However, ‘Earth to Echo’ is strictly for kids. I would say about eight year olds. And most likely boys.

In short, I didn’t like the film. But then I’m not an eight year old boy (any more).

It plays out like E.T. meets Batteries Not Included meets Short Circuit meets Super 8. Only it’s not really as good as any of them. If you really want drama and originality, watch E.T. If you want darkness and thrills then you’re probably better off with Super 8. If you’re looking for something cute and uplifting, then it’s Batteries Not Included. Or if you just want laughs, Short Circuit is for you. Unfortunately, Earth to Echo may borrow from all of them, but it’s not as good as any of them.

It’s about three boys who come across an injured little alien-robot-flying thing. They help it out. And, if you’re an eight year old boy, you’ll probably enjoy the ride. Otherwise, steer well clear (or put one of the better alien-interaction films on). You should also be aware that’s it’s also ‘found footage.’ That’s where one character constantly films the whole thing through a handheld camera/phone etc. No matter what happens in the story, they just keep filming. Even through moments where you wouldn’t keep filming no matter what.

So, if you have eight year old boys and you want to keep them entertained, put them in front of this. Just make sure you have something better to fill your time (and brain) while they do it.
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