Earth to Echo Movie Review
The filmmakers behind Earth to Echo do realize that their movie has been made before, right? Repeatedly. And by much bigger names? The movie, a blatant rip-off of J.J. Abrams’ Super 8, which in turn was a blatant rip-off of Steven Spielberg’s E.T., is about a group of kids who discover a friendly alien being hunted by the government.
To save money, the family film is presented in found footage format, meaning that we are subjected to a lot of bad camerawork, cell phone ringtones and depictions of texting.
Earth to Echo is an utterly boring affair in which an utterly boring casts embarks on an utterly boring adventure to save an alien, who, though not boring, lacks much presence at all. It was a challenge to pay attention for the film’s entire 91-minute running time for these reasons.
Made for a cheap $13 million, Earth to Echo boasts some decent special effects and a few inspired moments, like a scene where the little alien/robot thing (is his name Echo, I don’t know?) dismantles a moving semi truck to save his human friends and then reassembles it moments later. Another sequence, where the alien starts to pull metallic objects from his surroundings, is also fun to watch, even if it borrows directly from Super 8.
But visuals don’t save a movie, and Earth to Echo is still a wasted effort. The movie lacks heart and character, the two things that made E.T. and Super 8 work so well. There just really isn’t any reason for this movie to exist, and for that reason, I’m not going to waste another word on this review.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.