Earth to Echo

SFX - - Dvd & blu- ray - Richard Ed­wards

Re­lease Date: 17 Novem­ber

2014 | PG | Blu- ray/ DVD

ET gets a makeover for the iPhone gen­er­a­tion in this de­riv­a­tive tale of teens be­friend­ing a crash- landed alien. Where Spiel­berg ’s vis­i­tor used a Speak & Spell to phone home, Earth To Echo un­leashes a full arse­nal of mod­ern- day tech, both for telling the story ( the he­roes “film” the movie them­selves) and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the tiny, über- cute ex­trater­res­trial. Ev­ery story beat feels over­fa­mil­iar as the gang help the epony­mous Echo re­build his space­ship, and go on the run from the not- very- threat­en­ing au­thor­i­ties. But de­spite the lack of dra­matic ten­sion, the kids are charm­ing, and there are a few de­cent laughs for the grown- ups.

Ex­tras: Four brief fea­turettes go be­hind the scenes – the best breaks down the set­piece in which Echo tele­path­i­cally dis­man­tles a truck. There are also six for­get­table deleted scenes.

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