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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 30 May 2015
Format: DVD
Tuck, Munch and Alex are a trio of very close thirteen year old pals, American High School students and techno-geeks, who want to right all the wrongs in the world. They live in a very quiet, sleepy town, where not much ever happens. One day their smartphones become infected with a cryptic and unsolicited signal and the resourceful young chaps, full of a boundless spirit of adventure, decide to investigate the source of the unexplained message on their 'phones. They bike through the night to a deserted location in the wilds and make the first contact with a crash-landed, diminutive alien life form, a being which desperately needs their help to build a spaceship...
This is an enjoyable found footage type film - the viewer gets to see Tuck's home made movie of what happened to him and his friends one year earlier. The young cast give energetic and exuberant performances. The film looks like a carefully budgeted flick, which has to rely on storyline and characters more than F/X and CGI. Although the effects aren't big budget, they're good enough and don't detract at all from the enjoyment of the movie. The alien looks a little bit like a robotic owl, quite like Ray Harryhausen's wonderful creation Bubo in Clash Of The Titans, and although it doesn't have the quirky oddball charm of E.T., it's still an interesting enough other-worldly creation - Clash Of The Titans [Blu-ray] [1981] [Region Free], E.T. The Extra Terrestrial [Blu-ray] [Region Free].
All in all, this is an engaging, well structured and fast-paced family fantasy, which had my 12 year old daughter hooked right from start to finish. Good fun and recommended.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review.
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10 of 11 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 6 people found the following review helpful By A E Bagnall on 18 Nov. 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Mchugh on 31 Dec. 2014
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I watched this with my two daughters, aged 6 and 12, and we all LOVED it. It is reminiscent of ET in some ways, but it stands out on its own merit. I definitely recommend this as a great family film.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
If you are a target audience of the film (i.e. between 8 and 12 years old) - chances are you will enjoy the film and it's cute alien Echo. Maybe not.

If you wanted to see a new take on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial [DVD] [1982] you will be disappointed. Echo is a youtube-esque story about one cute but very forgettable alien that crashed in the middle of Nevada desert and 4 slightly annoying teens who helped him to get back to his home planet. There is a pathetic attempt of making this story "real" with help of shaky camera use and a first-person annoying narrative. There is no real substance to the film, no special effects, no drama, pretty bad casting job and no imagination used in creating Echo itself, who has quite a mediocre personality. Seriously, I just can't...

I know I am not the target audience, but I would not recommend this film for education or entertainment purposes for family viewing. Very underwhelming.
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13 of 17 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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