Earth to Echo

Theatrical Release: July 2, 2014
Earth to Echo
Dove "Family-Approved"
For Ages 12 and Over

Synopsis

When a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck (Astro), Munch (Reese Hartwig) and Alex (Teo Halm) start to get strange, encoded messages on their cell phones.

Convinced something bigger is going on, they tell their parents and the authorities, but no one will take them seriously. The three friends set off to crack the code and follow it to its source. But they soon find themselves in way over their heads when they discover an alien from another world who needs their help.

Dove Review

“Earth to Echo” is a sci-fi/adventure that follows four kids as they attempt to help an alien retrieve the necessary parts he needs to fix himself and return to his ship before the government finds him/them. As the story unfolds we learn how the boys became best friends and all of them bond with a tiny alien they name Echo.

The film is supposed to be comprised of footage taken by the boys on their phones, cameras and glasses that contain a hidden camera. This movement results in a jittery, first-person view of their movements that may appeal to children but could make some adults a little seasick. There are plenty of chase scenes intermixed with the main plot and some of the special effects are very well done; Echo has the ability to take apart and put back together many objects that float in mid-air. The overall message of this film is that friendships can withstand the boys’ impending separation since they are all moving away to different towns. As it says in the movie, “distance is a state of mind”. We award “Earth to Echo” the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and over due to the implication that there is underage drinking at a party (not by our main characters) and children lying to their parents about their plans for the night.

Content Description

Sex: Teenage couple kisses at a party; young boy/girl hold hands.
Language: "Crap"-6; OG/OMG-18; "What the" (not finished) - 3; "What the H*ll"-1; "Scary as balls"
Violence: Car chase; Items break and glass shatters; destruction of property as Echo collects parts.
Drugs: A bar scene including kids entering the place but they don't drink alcohol; a teen party with Red cups where alcohol is implied.
Nudity: Mild cleavage.
Other: Parents shown as not caring about kids; kids lie to parents about a sleep-over; kids steal a car and van; kids enter an arcade after it is closed; divorced mom; a boy is a foster child; a teen boy is passed out in the shower (fully clothed).

Info

Reviewer: Scott Rolfe
Source: Theater
Company: Relativity Media
Writer: Henry Gayden, Andrew Panay
Director: Dave Green
Producer: Ryan Kavanaugh, Andrew Panay
Genre: Adventure
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt, Jason Gray-Stanford, Cassius Willis, Drake Kemper