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Movie review: 'Earth to Echo'

“Earth to Echo” offers fun for a fraction of the family
By Grace Gordon, For The Oklahoman Published: July 4, 2014
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In some ways, Dave Green’s latest film, “Earth to Echo,” defies the shadow of film criticism because the film was not made for those old enough to read.

If you’re reading this to discover whether “Echo” is worth taking your kids to, the answer is yes, but expect to fidget in your seat like a 2-year old forced to watch a Fellini film. For the adult viewer, tedium is inescapable, because the perpetual filming rarely ceases and thereby omits few moments from a long night of escapades.

The found footage nature of “Echo” comes at the unsteady hand of young, aspiring filmmaker Tuck (Brian Bradley), who occupies spare moments by excessively documenting the minute details of the life he shares with best friends Munch (Reese Hartwig) and Alex (Teo Halm).

Their quiet suburban lives face disruption at the hands of a construction project that will wipe out their neighborhood in order to erect a highway — thereby forcing all families in the neighborhood to move away.

A few days before the move, a technological disturbance disrupts communications in the neighborhood, rendering the trio’s phone screens frozen with an image that imaginative Munch declares to be a map.

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MOVIE REVIEW

‘Earth to Echo’

PG 1:31 2 stars

Starring: Teo Halm, Brian Bradley, Reese Hartwig, Jason Gray-Stanford. (Some action and peril, and mild language)

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