Earth to Echo is an interesting kids film. For starters, it’s live action, and in terms of kids films, especially kids films with aliens in them, that’s fairly unusual in this day and age.
What’s more Earth to Echo a found footage film, like the Blair Witch Project or more recently the sci fi thriller Chronicle. We initially weren’t convinced that this sort of format would suit a kids film but surprisingly it lets you get much closer to the action and the reactions of the characters.
In term of plot, the film follows three lads when a mysterious construction project begins digging in their street. Best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex start receiving strange, encoded messages on their mobile phones. Filming themselves and uploading evidence as they go the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help.
The kids carry off their roles pretty well considering their age and the unorthodox style of shooting for a kids film. There’s no overacting, that’s for sure and for the most part they carry it off well. Clocking in at 100 minutes, the film is just about the right length, balances some very impressive action sequences with that all to rare thing in modern cinema, dialogue.
Earth to Echo makes a good change from usual kids fair, and is well worth a watch.
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