I watched Earth to Echo over the weekend with the kids. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the Blu-ray to review on my movie blog. If you’ve seen the trailer, then you know it’s similar to E.T. Overall, the storyline is the same — an alien is stranded on earth and needs help to go home. But unlike E.T., Earth to Echo will appeal mainly to kids, but not adults. For instance, my nine-year daughter and eleven-year old son liked the film, but I didn’t really think is was that good of a movie. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t really like it either. Earth to Echo is available now on DVD and Blu-ray. Continue reading to find out six things about the Earth to Echo Blu-ray.
Six Things About the Earth to Echo Blu-ray
Goonies + E.T. = Earth to Echo
Earth to Echo is kinda of like combing The Goonies movie with E.T. Like the Goonies, Earth to Echo features a bunch of kids who have a habit of talking at the same time. And like E.T., there’s a little alien that needs help to get home. Both E.T. and The Goonies are excellent movies. Earth to Echo is entertaining and will appeal to grade-school kids. However, it’s not in the same league as E.T. and The Goonies. Don’t get me wrong. Earth to Echo is still worth watching if you or your children are into sci-fi stories where the main characters are kids.
It’s hard to bond with a robotic owl
The alien in Earth to Echo looks like a robotic owl. In my opinion, that was one of the problems with the film. It’s hard to bond with a metallic owl. I didn’t feel the same way about Echo as I did with E.T. Even though E.T. was an alien and didn’t look anything like a human, I thought of E.T. as a human. I cared about E.T. and wanted it to go home. I didn’t feel the same way about Echo (the name of the alien). I didn’t consider it human or have any feelings for it one way or the other.
It’s like a documentary from a kid’s point of view
Earth to Echo was filmed from a kid’s point of view. At the beginning of the story, the kid narrator explained that the things he’s about to show us happened a year ago. I’m fine with a kid’s narration. The problem for me was the shaky footage (like in the Blair’s Witch Project). I understand why they used shaky footage in various places. I’m just not fond of them.
It’s rated PG
Earth to Echo is rated PG for some action and peril, and mild language. There are some scenes that are a little intense, but I think the film should be fine for most kids. Note: the were a couple of very mild profanity relating to body parts.
There are a bunch of child actors
Earth to Echo didn’t feature any big names. In fact, the main characters were kids. In the movie were Teo Halm (Alex), Astro (Tuck), Reese Hartwig (Munch), Ella Wahlestedt (Emma), Jason Gray-Stanford (Dr. Lawrence Madsen), Algee Smith (Marcus Simms), Cassius Willis (Calvin Simms), Sonya Leslie (Theresa Simms), Kerry O’Malley (Janice Douglas), Virginia Louise Smith (Betty Barrett), Peter Mackenzie (James Hastings), Valerie Wildman (Christine Hastings), Roger Hewlett (Construction Worker), Mary Pat Gleason (Dusty), and Marilyn Giacomazzi (Bar Patron). Earth to Echo was directed by Dave Green.
The DVD and Blu-ray includes special features
The Earth to Echo Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the 91-minute movie on DVD, Blu-ray (133 minutes run time) and Digital HD (106 minutes run time). In addition, the Blu-ray and DVD include bonus features:
- Creating the Truck Scene (Blu-ray only)
- Casting the Characters (Blu-ray only)
- We Made That! — the Making of Earth to Echo (Blu-ray only)
- Friends No Matter How Far
- Six Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray only)
- Theatrical Trailer
More info: Earth to Echo Blu-ray