Earth to Echo

Tuck, Munch and Alex are a trio of inseparable friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they team up with another school friend, Emma, and set out to look for the source of their phone signals. What they discover is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. In need of their help, the four friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home. This journey, full of wonder and adventure, is their story, and their secret.

My Opinion: The easiest comparison for this film is E.T., but Earth to Echo is nowhere in the same leagues as that classic. In my view, it doesn’t even approach the success of Super 8. It does, however, manage to take the found-footage genre into a new direction: kid-friendly films. It’s a problem when half of the kids just come across as unnatural. Only Teo Halm, who plays Alex, comes across as believable – I’d like to see what this kid can do in a better picture.

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