Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Earth To Echo Review: Lackluster but Creative
Earth to Echo follows the story of three kids who are about leave their hometown due to a highway being built in their suburb. On their final night together, the boys discover a mysterious canister that carries a small mechanical lifeform that they name echo. Together with Echo, and a girl they meet along the way, the boys set off on a adventure to find Echo's ship before the evil government agents get there first.
Earth to Echo had a very simple story. In this simplicity, the story was effective. However certain elements left me a little underwhelmed. Plot points such as neighborhood being bulldoze and the evil government had no strong bearing to the overall story; and it made it hard to actually care about the conflict. The story could have just easily followed a life changing plotline for the boys and their meeting of Echo helps them deal with the change. It may not have been as thrilling, but it would have been just as effective. While the plot does have the some problem, the story of Earth to Echo was simple enough for me to be engaged. Plus the film actually had a plot; which cannot be said about other found footage films.