Earth to Echo (2014)
Critic Consensus: Earth to Echo doesn't do itself any favors by beggaring comparison to E.T., but for younger viewers, it should prove a reasonably entertaining diversion.
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Critic Reviews for Earth to Echo
The mildewed found-footage technique allows some tension to build from offscreen action, but also renders the knockoff John Williams score inexplicable.
Whenever Echo is sticking to the kids and their camaraderie, it mostly works as intended.
Clichéd and predictable it may all be, there is no denying the infectious quality of pure optimism.
Sad to say it is not even this generation's 'Short Circuit.' Families deserve much better entertainment at the movie theater, summer or otherwise.
All in all, "Earth to Echo" is passable family entertainment, neither unforgettable nor particularly bad.
Audience Reviews for Earth to Echo
Mixing "The Goonies" with "E.T." is definitely an intriguing idea, but so many films use the found footage style these days, and they all seem the same, which is one aspect I think "Earth to Echo" did not need. These four kids all worked great together, but due to the fact that the found footage style is probably difficult for them to work with, it did feel like they were acting and not trying quite hard enough at times. If you can look past the similarities to older classic films of the like, you may find yourself loving this picture. I can't say that I loved "Earth to Echo," but I accepted it for what it was, and it is a very enjoyable film that is well handled in almost every way and I will definitely be watching it again. I was really looking forward to this film and hoping that is would surprise me and go beyond my expectations, and did it? Well no, but I got exactly what I hoped for. "Earth to Echo" is a well-crafted kids found footage film that any age can enjoy. You do not need to rush out and see it, but I definitely recommend a watch, especially to fans of the genre.
E.T. meets The Blair Witch, meets The Goonies in the bizarre family film Earth to Echo. The story follows a group of kids who are losing their homes to a land developer and decide to spend their last night together following a mysterious map that's been sent to their phones by an alien life-form who needs their help. Unfortunately the performances aren't very good, which makes it difficult to get invested in the characters. And the found-footage conceit doesn't work; as the whole thing feels especially contrived. Still, the storytelling is able to build some intrigue and does a few interesting things with its alien design/technology. Also, the CGI and special effects help to create impressive visual sequences that add some wonder to the adventure. But in the end, Earth to Echo is an underwhelming film that doesn't really go anywhere.
Not much redeeming for adults, this film is nonetheless terribly creative and should be viewed by imaginative children.
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