Earth to Echo: A modern E.T.

What kind of E.T. do these kids discover?

One last adventure for departing friends turns into an unforgettable encounter with an extra-terrestrial

What kind of E.T. do these kids discover?
What kind of E.T. do these kids discover?

Reminiscent of older films such as E.T., The Goonies and Stand by Me, director Dave Green presents Earth to Echo, a film similar in concept but more suited to our present time.

If the story of E.T. happened today, producer Andrew Panay asks, how would it be told? Earth to Echo just might be the answer.

One Epic E.T. Adventure

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It is one last hurrah for a trio of friends who are facing their last days together as their neighbourhood is set to be demolished. Thoughts of their impending separation are put aside when they dive into the mystery of the bizarre behaviour of their mobile phones and other peculiar occurrences. It there something more, or mysterious, imminent?

The friends soon stumble upon a doll-sized capsule, which amazingly reveals itself to be some sort of an alien robot. Now, these spunky kids take it upon themselves to protect the extra-terrestrial visitor from another planet and, together, face the obstacles that come along with it.

Adorable and Awesome Alien

Earth to Echo is reminiscent of films such as E.T., The Goonies and Stand by Me
Earth to Echo is reminiscent of films such as E.T., The Goonies and Stand by Me

Like many of the movies in the science fiction genre, the plot of Earth to Echo revolves around an extra-terrestrial (or E.T.). “Echo” stars as the alien hero of the film, an adorable yet potentially fearsome robot that is capable of taking apart and putting together metal objects at will.

Resembling a more futuristic Wall-E, both in terms of construction and behaviour, Echo will surely be hogging the spotlight in the film, especially with his charm and wit.

Modern ‘Found Footage’ Effect

The film is shot with the more-recently well-received ‘found footage’ method – depicted as video footage recovered from smartphones and video cameras of the characters.

Most recent ‘found footage’ films are found in the sci-fi or horror genres. Very rarely is one treated to a film shot in ‘found footage’ that appeals to the whole family, and that’s a hint that Earth to Echo is wholesome enough to bring the whole brood.

Nonetheless, the ‘found footage’ style of cinematic visuals may not be everyone’s cup of tea. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if it works in this film or genre, or not. Either way, Earth to Echo’s style of shooting gives fans of the ‘found footage’ genre a new type of film to look forward to.

EARTH TO ECHO [PG]

DIRECTOR: Dave Green
STARRING: Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley & Reese Hartwig
GENRE: Action, Adventure
RUN LENGTH: 89 min
RELEASE: 4 Sep

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