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Earth to Echo
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dave Green
Produced by
  • Ryan Kavanaugh
  • Andrew Panay
Screenplay by Henry Gayden
Story by
  • Henry Gayden
  • Andrew Panay
Starring
  • Teo Halm
  • Brian "Astro" Bradley
  • Reese C. Hartwig
  • Ella Linnea Wahlestedt
Music by Joseph Trapanese
Cinematography Maxime Alexandre
Editing by
  • Crispin Struthers
  • Carsten Kurpanek
Studio
  • Panay Films (uncredited)
Distributed by Relativity Media
Release date(s) June 14, 2014 (2014-06-14) (LAFF)
July 2, 2014 (2014-07-02) (United States)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million
Money made $45.3 million

Earth to Echo is a 2014 American science fiction adventure film directed by Dave Green, and produced by Ryan Kavanaugh and Andrew Panay. The film was originally developed and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, which later sold the distribution rights to Relativity Media, which released the film in theaters on July 2, 2014.

The film is shot in a found footage style through many perspectives, as the story revolves around four neighborhood friends who find a robotic, telekinetic alien in the desert they call Echo while being hunted by dangerous forces who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the innocent creature.

Plot

Three neighborhood teens and childhood friends, Alex, Tuck, and Munch, are upset by the fact that their neighborhood, Mulberry Woods, Nevada, is going to be demolished, allegedly for a new highway construction project, and they all have to move away because of it.

One day, each of their phones start glitching out, displaying seemingly random graphical patterns. The kids soon find out, through Munch, the patterns are actually the depictions of a spot in the desert that is 17.6 miles away. Realizing this all must mean something, they decide to spend their last night together by going into the desert on their bikes to investigate, disguising their trip as a sleepover while recording the experience on various cameras.

Tuck, Alex, and Munch eventually make it to the area in the desert and follow the map to a dusty, rusted object under an electrical tower. Tuck, confused, decides to abruptly call it off when the object starts to copy Alex's ringtone, and they follow another map to a barn. There the object starts to repair itself, the process involving telekinetically taking various objects, altering them, and attaching them to itself, and the boys find it contains a cybernetic alien. After they determine it can answer questions with "Yes" or "No" answers, they learn it is from another world, and has accidentally crash landed on Earth after being shot down by an unknown force and is seriously injured.

The group soon follow another map to a pawn shop, where the object further repairs itself, allowing the alien to reveal itself. With its eyes damaged, it uses Alex's phone camera to "see" and befriend the three. While in an alley, they decide to name the alien "Echo." Looking for more parts to repair Echo's object, they again follow another map to a house where Emma, a teenage girl who goes to their high school, lives and finds out about Echo. Emma soon joins the team as they go to a bar, then an arcade, to allow the object to keep repairing itself while Emma finds out the object is not merely a spaceship, but a key to one.

At the arcade, Alex is caught by a security guard. Although Tuck and Munch suspect Alex allowed himself to be caught because he is angry at Tuck for accidentally abandoning him, Emma goes back in to rescue Alex, with Echo helping by causing a distraction for the security guard. Stopping at a restaurant, the four talk and reconcile before a "construction worker" arrives, and after using an unknown device, takes the backpack with Echo inside and loads it into a truck. Munch leaps into the back of the truck just as it pulls out of the restaurant parking lot, leaving the rest behind.

Tuck, Alex and Emma then go to a party hosted by the girlfriend of Tuck's brother where they steal his car to catch up with Munch and Echo. The group find the "construction site" where Munch is being interrogated and Echo is being experimented on, but get caught by the same construction worker. The construction worker, revealed to be a scientist named Dr. Lawrence Masden, ruthlessly explains to them that he and his group (implied to be government agents) shot down Echo when he came to Earth, and intend to prevent him from going home so they can study Echo's technology. They also believe that if the spaceship of which the key is for, wherever it is, takes off, it will kill the neighborhood residents.

After the kids lie and say they will help find Echo's spaceship, they are taken to a scrap junkyard. There, Echo seemingly dies as a result of the violent experimentation inflicted on him, but with encouragement from the kids, he revives, completes his repairs, and distracts the agents long enough for the kids to drive back home. Making it to Alex's home, the spaceship key goes into the ground, and they realize the agents invented the false construction project as a cover to dig up the neighborhood, as the entire ship, however it got there, is in the ground beneath it. Trusting Echo, Alex takes him down the hole made by the key.

At the bottom, the group finds a room that turns out to be the spaceship's core, where the key connects to the rest of it. Once the key is connected to the core, allowing Echo to use it to pilot the ship, he begins starting up the ship. After they all say goodbye and the kids exit the core, the ship's separate parts telekinetically come out of the ground all over the neighborhood, and reassemble it in mid-air, and all without destroying the neighborhood. Once fully reassembled, the ship then flies away. The project put on by the agents is abandoned but Alex and Munch relocate anyway, as their families have already bought new homes elsewhere. However, as Tuck's didn't, he stays, and new neighbors and residents move in to the neighborhood. Sometime later, the three and Emma meet up again, as the film ends with Alex holding up his phone towards the sky.

In a post-credit scene, Alex addresses his friends as his phone apparently starts to move and glitch out, a sign that Echo may return.

Cast

  • Teo Halm as Alex Nichols
  • Brian "Astro" Bradley as Tucker ”Tuck" Simms
  • Reese Hartwig as Reginald "Munch" Barrett
  • Ella Wahlestedt as Emma
  • Jason Gray-Stanford as Dr. Lawrence Masden
  • Algee Smith as Marcus Simms
  • Cassius Willis as Calvin Simms
  • Sonya Leslie as Theresa Simms
  • Kerry O'Malley as Janice Douglas
  • Virginia Louise Smith as Betty Barrett
  • Peter Mackenzie as James Hastings
  • Valerie Wildman as Christine Hastings
  • Mary Pat Gleason as Dusty (Mullet Lady at Bar)
  • Chris Wylde as Security Guard
  • Brooke Dillman as Diner Waitress
  • Myk Watford as Blake Douglas
  • Tiffany Espensen as Charlie
  • Israel Broussard as Cameron
  • Sean Carroll as Podcast Voice (voice)

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