Film Review and Competition: Earth to Echo

18th November 2014 57 Comments

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.

I have three copies of Earth to Echo on DVD for lucky readers. Just  tell me what your favourite children’s Christmas film is in the comments below and fill in the rafflecopter. Good Luck

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57 Comments

  • mummy24 19th November 2014 at 7:12 am

    home alone!<br /><br />Ashleigh

  • Tracy K Nixon 19th November 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Frozen at the mo!

  • Kim Neville 19th November 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Elf

  • Jayne 19th November 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I really like the santa Clause. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • laura banks 19th November 2014 at 9:38 pm

    santa clause 3

  • mellysocks 19th November 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Santa Clause The Movie

  • buchanl 19th November 2014 at 11:55 pm

    elf

  • Stuart Edwards 23rd November 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Elf is ours πŸ™‚

  • kazza ham 23rd November 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Elf

  • Anonymous 23rd November 2014 at 3:10 pm

    polar express from belinda porter

  • Lisa Everaert 23rd November 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Elf – the kids love it

  • PlastigFfantastig 23rd November 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Home Alone

  • Hi Samantha Sugden here 23rd November 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Santa Clause The Movie

  • Louise A 23rd November 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Elf

  • Rob Griffiths 23rd November 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Santa Clause the Movie

  • Claire Blaney 23rd November 2014 at 6:07 pm

    The Grinch

  • claire wilkinson 23rd November 2014 at 7:17 pm

    elf x

  • Maggie Ali 23rd November 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Elf rules in our house!

  • leigh boyle 23rd November 2014 at 8:37 pm

    elf

  • Kristy Brown 23rd November 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Home Alone

  • Natalie Crossan 24th November 2014 at 12:41 am

    elf xx

  • Jane Middleton 24th November 2014 at 12:54 am

    The Polar Express

  • REBECCA TOWNSEND 24th November 2014 at 10:28 am

    The Muppets Christmas Carol

  • ryanmia02 24th November 2014 at 10:54 am

    A Christmas Carol

  • Angela Millar 24th November 2014 at 10:56 am

    It has to be Home Alone

  • Linzi2484 24th November 2014 at 11:02 am

    I love Elf

  • Kelly Hooper 24th November 2014 at 1:35 pm

    The Snowman

  • CHERYL PEARSON 24th November 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Santa Claus the movie

  • Ser 24th November 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Elf

  • Alice Hindley 24th November 2014 at 5:20 pm

    The Snowman

  • Tammy Tudor 24th November 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Arthur christmas

  • Anonymous 24th November 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I love all the Home Alone films they are so funny the childrenlove them

  • Emily Knight 24th November 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Definitely home alone!

  • Katie Witherington 24th November 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Mickey&#39;s Christmas Carol, have to watch it every christmas, the video we had as a kid was watched loads over christmas actually went through several videos as we wore a few out watching it so much.

  • Hannah Smith 24th November 2014 at 6:35 pm

    polar express!!<br /><br /><br />@smeethsaysfashn on twitter

  • Alison 24th November 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I like elf

  • rugmaker 24th November 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Muppet Christmas Carol

  • Kez 24th November 2014 at 8:17 pm

    The Snowman

  • Tim Gillett 24th November 2014 at 8:32 pm

    The snowman. Classic and silent, but good tunes and great animation for it&#39;s time. :)<br />

  • cathyj 24th November 2014 at 8:47 pm

    got to be elf

  • Maria Jane Knight 24th November 2014 at 9:50 pm

    The Snowman – its as magical to me as it was the first time i saw it when i was just a little girl &lt;3

  • Patricia Avery 24th November 2014 at 10:36 pm

    The Snowman πŸ™‚

  • leiajulie 24th November 2014 at 10:37 pm

    the grinch who stole christmas

  • weir shane 25th November 2014 at 8:22 am

    Elf

  • Jackie ONeill 25th November 2014 at 9:07 am

    Elf x

  • Dessallara 25th November 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Christmas Carol πŸ™‚

  • George Worboys Wright 25th November 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Home Alone

  • Kim Plant 25th November 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I love home alone and my kids x

  • Gareth 25th November 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Home alone without a doubt!!

  • natz101 25th November 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Santa Claus: The Movie

  • Karis 25th November 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Jingle All The Way

  • spearce 25th November 2014 at 7:28 pm

    santa claus the movie

  • Jo Glasspool 25th November 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I love Arthur Christmas!

  • Tracey Brookshaw 25th November 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Elf

  • Holly Boyd 25th November 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Elf, it is just so cheery

  • joanna_kow 25th November 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Home Alone

  • sassyesque 25th November 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Its possibly more of an older kids film but I liked Scrooged and latterly Gremlins.

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