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Earth to Echo

 

Rated PG · 91 minutes · 2014

Adventure, Drama, Science fiction
I can't say that Earth to Echo fails totally as children's entertainment; the grade-schoolers at the preview screening I attended seemed to enjoy it just fine. Yet I've seen grade-schoolers transfixed by TV commercials as well, and no responsible parent (or so I hope) would show a child advertisements for 90 minutes straight. Echo often feels like a feature-length smartphone commercial; when it doesn't, it comes off as an inept knockoff of Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and J.J. Abrams's Spielberg pastiche Super 8 (2011). If the movie is a waste, at least it's an instructive one, signaling just how offensive children's entertainment might become in the YouTube era. Continue reading >>


See our full review: <i>Earth to Echo</i>: An <i>E.T.</i> for the smartphone kid

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Official Site: callhimecho.com
Director: Dave Green
Producer: Ryan Kavanaugh, Andrew Panay, Tucker Tooley, Ron Burkle, Jason Colbeck, Mark Johnson, Robbie Brenner and Jack Kavanaugh
Cast: Brian "Astro" Bradley, Teo Halm, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt, Jason Gray-Stanford, Cassius Willis, Drake Kemper, Tiffany Espensen, Mary Pat Gleason, Sonya Leslie, Myk Watford, Peter Mackenzie and Valerie Wildman

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