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Echelon Conspiracy [Blu-ray] [2009] [US Import]

Shane West , Edward Burns , Greg Marcks    Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Shane West, Edward Burns, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Pryce, Tamara Feldman
  • Directors: Greg Marcks
  • Writers: Kevin Elders, Michael Nitsberg
  • Producers: Alexander Leyviman, Charles V. Bender, John Corser, Jonathan Tzachor, Navid McIlhargey
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00274SIUQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,625 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but that's about it. 10 Aug 2010
By A. J. Sturgess TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was looking forwards to this DVD and although it was OK, it was totally predictable and I ended up feeling rather disappointed.

If you've seen the old Disney film 'Wargames' you will guess very quickly how Echelon ends and how the 'villain' is defeated. There truly is nothing new under this particular sun. (Indeed, I'd say the way 'Wargames' was resolved at the end was a darn sight more exciting and interesting than 'Echelon').

The acting is also OK, but you get the feeling that each of the actors is going through the motions rather than really trying to make their characters come alive.

So - it's an OK sort of film and is worth getting if it doesn't cost you too much.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is a very noisy movie 23 May 2010
Max Peterson (Shane West) a computer security installer who remembers backdoor passwords in case something goes wrong is just finishing a project. He receives a mysterious FedEx package that he did not order. It contains a new cell phone of the type that is not even on the market yet. Upon turning it on it immediately precedes to save his life and is in the process of making him a millionaire. This looks like fun so he goes with the flow. Little did he know that he is part of some sort of global conspiracy. Will he find out what it is in time to live long enough to spend those millions?

This is very noisy movie with lots of promising heavy sounds and whatnot luckily you can hear the dialog thralldom sound. There is lots of action and it is actually quite fun to watch. There is no real depth to this story yet the twists and turns are fun to watch. There is the obligatory sex scene, which seems out of place and is not that racy. Much of the dialogue and scenarios are lifted from previous films. One that comes to mind is the end of "War Games" were the computer has to play tic-tac-toe with itself to realize that there is no acceptable move but not to play. This could also bring to mind the Star Trek episode where the computer realizes that he is destroying the very people he is supposed to protect. There is also a dash of "Colossus the Forbin project."

In any event, it is fun to watch the interaction twin the fresh new actors and some of the seasoned ones.

Just a note I saw the Blu-ray version and was amazed at the lack of DVD extras. Not even the voice over commentary that tries to justify.
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3.0 out of 5 stars hardly revolutionary, but a fun thrill ride nonetheless 9 May 2009
By AIROLF - Published on
Very similar to last year's "Eagle Eye," but with Shane West instead of Shia LaBeouf. This movie has a bit more intelligent script, but contains a lot less special effects (although there are several pretty good car chases). The theme of the U.S. government creating a machine for "national security" that then turns against them is nothing new and hardly science fiction these days, but the movies about it seem to be abundant. "Echelon Conspiracy" doesn't strike too far from the herd but it's still quite entertaining.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ONE CALL, THAT'S ALL 9 Sep 2012
By The Movie Guy - Published on

The film starts out as an excellent thriller/mystery in spite of the lead being Shane West. Shane stars as Max "glass jaw" Peterson a man who installs programs in computers to prevent hackers. Max gets a strange phone that sends him text messages which saves his life and gives him money. We also know the government is after this device and other people have received such a phone and have died from following its instructions. At this point the film is an excellent thriller/mystery.

There are few suspects and clues in this production and then we find out who's the culprit and the film becomes boring. Max saves the day from a stunt he saw in "War Games" or if you prefer, the Star Trek episode "The Changeling." At this point I groaned. Perhaps if you have never seen either of those two productions, this might seem pretty darn good. As for me, I got bored when I realized you could kill the "bad guy" by tripping over the plug.

Ving Rhames always does a good character job. Outside of that, the film lacked. Might work as a rental. Better than most of the "Red Box" action.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bombs, no nudity, brief love scene.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 25 Mar 2011
By FilmGirl - Published on
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Okay, I know people say this is a copy of Eagle Eye, and if you look at the trailer they are alike, but honestly I believe it when they say Eagle Eye is the one that is like THIS movie. Echelon Conspiracy was done around same time Eagle Eye was, only difference is Eagle Eye was released in theaters first. I vote for this one to be quite honest. Seriously, this movie keeps you on your toes about what happens. ABSOLUTELY recommend this movie!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs Originality and a Better Title 20 Mar 2010
By Tsuyoshi - Published on
In "The Echelon Conspiracy," a technological thriller presented by Dark Castle Entertainment, a computer security expert Max Peterson (Shane West) gets strange text messages in his cell phone. The latest model cell phone is in fact an anonymous gift he receives at a Bangkok hotel, and to his great surprise, the text messages really foretell the future events like stock market prices.

The unknown sender of the messages orders Max to fly to a Prague casino, where he is offered a chance to be rich quickly. Of course, he wouldn't let this opportunity go, but some people are not very happy about that. Max is pursued by the casino's security chief John Reed (Ed Burns) and an FBI agent Dave Grant (Ving Rhames). Apparently, Max realizes, he is not the only one who had received these strange messages, and some of those who had followed the phone's suggestions are already dead.

[MILD SPOILER INCLUDED in this paragraph] I believe the similarity is accidental, but "The Echelon Conspiracy" made me feel like watching "Eagle Eye" again. And perhaps "War Game," too. The difference is that D.J. Caruso, director of the surprise hit starring Shia LaBeouf, knew how to handle the action scenes more competently. There are a car chase and a shoot-out in "Echelon Conspiracy," but the badly edited stunts lack thrills and, with all respect to those who got involved, sometimes even look amateurish.

Maybe director Greg Marcks ("11:14") is not ready for action films of this scale. Acting is not bad, but virtually nothing is done to make their characters interesting, and any attempt for adding much-needed humor is weak at best. Not a terrible film at all, but "The Echelon Conspiracy" needs originality and imagination, as well as a better title.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable plot! 20 July 2009
By Cristian - Published on
Even though it looks like an important sum of money has been spent on making this movie -having been shot in Thailand, Prague, Moscow and the U.S.A.-, that isn't enough to keep the audience interested in following the unbelievable and typically low budget plot.
Not even Martin Sheen's, Edward Burns' or Ving Rhymes' appeareances help this undoubtedly forgettable film.
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