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Earth to Echo's second trailer will remind you of vintage Spielberg

03.20.2014

Boy, Disney may have screwed the pooch on this one! After deciding not to release EARTH TO ECHO and pawning it off to Relativity Media, we saw a intriguing first trailer for the movie that teased a found footage movie focused on a bunch of kids finding something extraterrestrial. Now, this new second trailer expands and shows this is not just another movie but could be something special.

Immediately, this trailer reminded me of a bunch of movies from the 1980s like BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, EXPLORERS, E.T., and even THE GOONIES. The Steven Spielberg comparison is the most appropriate as EARTH TO ECHO looks like it is channeling the Amblin experience that J.J. Abrams embraced with SUPER 8.

After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. The epic, suspenseful and exciting journey that follows will change all of their lives forever.

While some may be turned off by the found footage in the movie, I think it is less obtrusive here than it often is in a lot of films. But, what seems to be the biggest success here is the casting as the kids seem natural and not at all hammy like a lot of child actors can sometimes be. Plus, it has been a long time since we had a movie of this kind that is appropriate for families. SUPER 8 was a bit too adult for younger kids but this looks like it may be the kind of movie aimed at kids that Hollywood tends to overlook.

We will all find out what EARTH TO ECHO is all about when it hits theaters on April 25, 2014.

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12:15AM on 03/21/2014
It looks good but im not sure about the hand held found footage style camera work, to much can really mess a movie up.
It looks good but im not sure about the hand held found footage style camera work, to much can really mess a movie up.
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11:28PM on 03/20/2014

July 2nd

I'm pretty sure this was pushed back to release on fourth of July weekend
I'm pretty sure this was pushed back to release on fourth of July weekend
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9:19PM on 03/20/2014
Ermm..which Spielberg are you referring to because I don't see it. I think this looks pretty "been there, done that".
Ermm..which Spielberg are you referring to because I don't see it. I think this looks pretty "been there, done that".
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8:41PM on 03/20/2014
There do need to be more kid-centric adventure movies, but this seems to lack a polish. I loved Super 8, this does kinda seem at least a little bargain basement. But I'll give it a shot.
There do need to be more kid-centric adventure movies, but this seems to lack a polish. I loved Super 8, this does kinda seem at least a little bargain basement. But I'll give it a shot.
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5:57PM on 03/20/2014

The only problem I have is that it's in found footage.

Other than that it looks pretty solid. At least with Super 8 if they did found footage the kids were filming a movie, not running around with Go Pro's and other stuff fo no reason other than to just do it. And they're going to charge its batteries while being chased night and day also??
Other than that it looks pretty solid. At least with Super 8 if they did found footage the kids were filming a movie, not running around with Go Pro's and other stuff fo no reason other than to just do it. And they're going to charge its batteries while being chased night and day also??
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5:21PM on 03/20/2014
I think I'm gonna go watch ET instead.
I think I'm gonna go watch ET instead.
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5:15PM on 03/20/2014
..yeah, no. I can see why Disney chucked it. Everything about is amateurish.
..yeah, no. I can see why Disney chucked it. Everything about is amateurish.
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5:12PM on 03/20/2014
That actually looks pretty awesome, will add this to my must see list.
That actually looks pretty awesome, will add this to my must see list.
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5:05PM on 03/20/2014
I, for one, think this looks fucking awesome.
I, for one, think this looks fucking awesome.
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5:02PM on 03/20/2014
Hate the stupid "home video" camera movies. It does look interesting enough to take the kids to though and looks like it won't insult a 3 year old's intelligence like Lego Movie did.
Hate the stupid "home video" camera movies. It does look interesting enough to take the kids to though and looks like it won't insult a 3 year old's intelligence like Lego Movie did.
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