Flash Movie Review: Earth to Echo

It was a different time where a discarded flashlight was a ray gun and a retractable ballpoint pen was a rocket ship with extra thrusters. It was in the alley behind our houses where my friends and I would let our imaginations lead us on untold adventures when we were kids. A broken tree branch became my secret trap detector. I would test the ground with the prod of my stick, making sure there were no trapdoors before we would venture forward. There was one particular tricky spot where apartment buildings flanked us on both sides; their dark gangways always open in a petrified scream with a whistling wind forcing its way out towards us. We could never be too careful. On extremely hot days each of us had our empty dishwater bottles filled with cold water that we would spray at each other to keep our body temperatures down while we traversed the scorching landscape on the planet Mars. We never had a dull moment as we played and explored around our neighborhood.    EXPLORERS are what three friends would have to be when a strange signal suddenly appeared on their cell phones in this science fiction movie. Newcomers Ted Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley and Reese Hartwig played Alex, Tuck and Munch; the three friends who followed the signal that would lead them to an out of this world destination. This action family film started out with the good idea of having the three friends taking off on a mysterious adventure. I am not a fan of the handheld filming look, so I quickly became annoyed with the unsteady camera shots. The actors were adequate; I took them as their characters. When they were talking to each other the script was fine; however, the rest of the script was bland. There were really no big exciting or tense parts to this picture. If Jason Gray-Stanford (A Beautiful Mind, Monk-TV) who played Dr. Lawrence Madsen was to be the “bad guy” the writers could have made him more extreme. Except for a couple of scenes I thought the special effects were paltry. Now to the biggest issue I had with this film. This story was done before by director Steven Spielberg when he filmed E.T. He did a wonderful job where the movie is considered a classic. If a movie studio is going to create anything that resembles that film they need to make sure they get the best people to do their best work so the viewer will not be reminded of E.T. This did not happen and in fact, this movie had no imagination. Except for young kids who are not familiar with E.T. I cannot recommend spending money to see this film. There was a brief extra scene at the end of the credits.


1 3/4 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 10, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Thank you for stopping by my post today. I hope you found something good to read. Have a great day and stop by again. 🙂

  2. Hey, thanks for dropping by and liking my blog!

  3. Hello, your reviews are very entertaining!
    I always enjoy how you open with something relating to your own life and then segue into the movie review. Rocket ship pens,flashlight ray guns and water soakers from dishwater bottles! Good times! I haven’t seen this “explorers” yet but the 1985 movie Explorers created by Eric Luke and Joe Dante with the talent of Ethan Hawke,River Phoenix and Jason Pressen was and is one of my favorites! Your review inspires me to watch Explorers, E.T and oh, Super 8! Three of the very best kids an aliens movies. 🙂

    • Hi, it is so nice to meet you. Thank you for coming by to leave your comments. The 3 films you list to watch are certainly worth the time to see. I enjoyed Super 8 especially because Elle Fanning was so good in it. If you are looking to see something new than see tonight’s movie review. Once again, thank you.

  4. Well that’s disappointing. I really wanted to see this. Oh well, back to Netflix.

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