“Earth to Echo” is the first feature-length film directed by, Dave Green. It stars, Teo Halm (Alex), Brian ‘Astro’ Bradley (Tuck) and, Reese Hartwig (Munch). It has a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes and is rated PG for some action and peril, and mild language.
“Earth to Echo” is a family-friendly sci-fi movie where three best friends answer the extraneous distress call of a visitor from another planet. With the imminent threat of losing their town to corporate expansion and feeling that they have nothing to lose, the three embark on an adventure worthy of any, Steven Spielberg fan. They eventually uncover Echo’s purpose for visiting our planet along with an impending danger that keeps them on the run in this zestful tale of intergalactic camaraderie.
You have seen the fireworks. You have attended the parade. You have had all the barbecue that you can stomach. What is the next move for you this weekend? Round up the little rascals and take the family to see “Earth to Echo”. It is a great movie that everyone in your family will enjoy watching from beginning to end. This film is very topical (every 10-year-old has a cell phone, right?), so your kids will definitely be able to identify with the heroes of the story. There is great character development as well as an interesting story that will recapture your inner child. Overall, this is a very well-rounded movie and a very strong freshman film for director, Dave Green.
This is also very nostalgic movie that will seem familiar to you. “Earth to Echo” tells a story that parallels many of the great “group of friends on an adventure” movies that we hold dear. In “Earth to Echo” Turk, Alex and Munch are moving away from one another because their town is being demolished, just like “The Goonies”. The boys decode a secret message and find out that an alien is trying to direct them, just like in “Explorers”. An alien comes to earth and befriends children while a government agency is out to find and dissect him, just like in “E. T.”. The boys sell their parents a ruse so they can sneak out and investigate a strange occurrence, like they did in “Stand by Me”. There is even a scene where Munch’s phone rings and the ringtone is “Everyday” by Buddy Holly. The boys document their adventure on film, as they do in “Super 8”. Not to mention that “Echo” looks just like the little cute UFO from “Batteries Not Included”. “Earth to Echo” just may be the next movie to wear the crown that these film greats once donned.
One complaint that I probably have about the movie is that the ending was a little uninspired. Sure, it has a happy ending that you probably saw coming from the very beginning, but there was a lack of emotion all around during what should have been the defining moment of the story. It was not a bad ending, just a little off the mark after all of the buildup. They do wrap it all up nicely with making things fall into place. There is definitely a larger message that the story gets across regarding the importance of good friends, no matter where they are in the universe.
I don’t feel that “Echo” saw very much screen time. He crash-landed on Earth and needs the boys to carry him around while he collects parts to rebuild his ship. So, for this reason, he is shielded inside of a capsule (or stuffed in a book bag) for most of the movie. Everyone is on the run for the duration of the picture, too. This makes it hard for them to just “hang out”, I realize, but I would have like to see more “Echo”. The few scenes where he actually is out and about are pretty cool. He has a very cute likeness and seems highly marketable. I know that my daughter, Morgan has already asked me for one if we see him in the store because he would be a cute pet.
“Earth to Echo” is a solid 4 out of 5 popped kernels on my scale. It is a very enjoyable movie with a great cast of newcomers that I am sure we will be seeing more of in the coming years.