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Echelon Conspiracy (2009)

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A young American engineer comes into possession of a cell phone that bestows unlimited wealth upon him, never realizing the danger posed to him by the device until security agents close in and start shooting to kill. Now, as a frantic chase across the continents gets under way, the stability of the entire world hangs in the balance. Shane West stars in a globe-trotting action thriller featuring Ving Rhames, Jonathan Pryce, and Martin Sheen. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Jul 21, 2009

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Combines a righteous message about out-of-control government surveillance with the old computer-gone-haywire plot to make - well, not very much, actually.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Echelon Conspiracy is a more evocative title than a movie this stupid deserves.

March 2, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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In the right hands, this premise might a good movie make -- a fable like Aladdin's lamp updated for the iPhone era. This convoluted and half-baked conspiracy thriller does not.

September 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

When the only elements that could be called professional are the photography and the poster art, you can consider this a movie only the producer's mother could love.

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Comments (2)
Cinema Signals

The movie isn't so much outright bad as it is simply flat and routine.

July 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Simply a case of we've-seen-this-before-and-better (at least Sandra Bullock's The Net had camp value), Conspiracy flimsily masquerades as a ticking bomb but is ultimately sans heart-pounding jolts.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Of all the pejorative words that could be used to describe this film, perhaps the most apt is amateurish.

March 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

The biggest mystery is how this high-tech whodunit-gone-awry got a theatrical release and didn't go directly to dvd.

March 4, 2009 Full Review
SSG Syndicate

A by-the-numbers international thriller in the Bourne vein.

March 2, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Presumably it was the fact that the DVD release schedule for the week was already filled that explains the escape of this picture to theatres--it really belongs on a video store shelf or a late-night slot on a non-premium cable network.

March 1, 2009 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Echelon Conspiracy is a pale imitation of Eagle Eye, not exactly a good movie to begin with.

February 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers
Houston Community Newspapers

This latest take on Bush-era paranoia and cell phone alarm might arrive in theaters somewhat dramatically moldy and short-sheeted in the budget department, yet it's actually a more rewarding sit than Eagle Eye if viewed with minimal attention paid

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
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Audience Reviews for Echelon Conspiracy

I actually like this movie more than the similar plotted Eagle Eye. The acting was much better. In general a world setting is more believable than an U.S. only setting like in Eagle Eye and more interesting. The threat was more believable also. I am gay and will say Tamara Feldman was HOT in her role and kept my attention much more so that the Eagle Eye "heroin"!
August 11, 2010
Tomassgringo

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What starts as an intriguing thriller quickly devolves into just another movie where suddenly everybody is some sort of covert spy and things blow up. That's okay but if you're looking for anything the least bit original look elsewhere.
April 16, 2010
jjnxn
jay nixon

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crap, stick to eagle eye
October 8, 2009
stuartb1234

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For the first 40 minutes, I was mesmerized by this film. The beginning was as thrilling and intriguing as any film I'd seen all year, but after that, the big secret is revealed and it became almost a shot for shot remake of Eagle Eye. It was seriously ridiculous how the two stories became almost exactly alike. Realizing this, the writers decided to throw in a big twist at the end, that might have saved the film had it made even a single bit of sense. Echelon Conspiracy begins with computer programer, Max Petersen (Shane West), anonymously receiving a brand new, state of the art, cell phone in the mail. The phone gives him instructions which lead to him winning a lot of money. Everything is going great for Max, until he disobeys the phones wishes and the FBI shows up. Shane West was fantastic in this film, it really makes me wonder why he doesn't do more stuff like this. West seems to prefer romantic dramas, but is clearly missing his true calling. After seeing a performance like this, I'd easily put him at the top of the list for any major action film. West was paired in this film with Edward Burns who was terrific and Ving Rhames who was Ving Rhames. I say that, because sometimes he's the perfect fit for a role and other times, he couldn't be more out of place, a perfect example of which is his role in this film. As I said, this movie starts out great, but becomes exactly like Eagle Eye, I would venture to say that the two films are so much a like that the producers of Eagle Eye have a case for copyright infringement, it really was that close. Besides that, the film was a decent action film, with some nice performances. Had I not seen Eagle Eye, I may have thought more of this film, but as it stands, Echelon Conspiracy is just another low budget rip off of a semi-decent major motion picture and not much else.
May 31, 2013
Tss807

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