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Earth to Echo

2014-07-11 14:20
What it's about:

Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighbourhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But, just two days before they must part ways, the boys find that a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced that something bigger is going on, and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to the source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: Hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and sought by the government. The boys are launched on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, which will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives for good.

What we thought:

Going into the film, I have to admit that I had no idea what this movie was about. Boy, was I in for a surprise! Not only is this film a mixture between Super 8 and E.T., but it’s also shot in a GoPro handheld camera style, which really makes for a captivating film throughout.

The film starts out highlighting the friendship between Tuck, Munch and Alex. 13-year-old misfits, they discover weird signals have infected their phones just two days before they must all move away due to a highway construction project. The three friends find this way too strange to ignore and decide to follow the weird signals, which are more like maps, into the desert beyond their Nevada home.  And of course they have a solid lie to tell their parents about where they’re going to be that night…

Cue adventure.

Tuck, who is the videographer and the narrator of the film, takes us on a wild ride from here on out as we see everything shot with a handheld camera that gets switched between the three friends as well as a GoPro attached to Tuck’s bicycle.

When they arrive in the desert, they discover a mysterious small alien who is stranded on earth. What follows is an attempt to save this strange being that they discover is being hunted by the government. Following the maps on their phones, they are taken from one location to the next collecting parts for the little alien who is trying to find his way home. Oh, and of course a girl has to be thrown into the equation in the form of Emma, who find out about what they’re up to and joins them on their quest.

While on this adventure, the film touches on the subject of true friendship, what it means to truly accept each other, and just how far one would go for love and the greater good.

If you have kids, you should really take them to see Earth to Echo, or just go with a good friend as this will have you longing for the carefree days of being young and adventurous.

Earth to Echo is a true adventure film that will have you longing for the carefree days of being young.
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