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Echelon Conspiracy (2009)

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At first, the strange phone messages promised great wealth. Soon, though, government agents pursue the young engineer receiving them around the world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Reed
Agent Dave Grant
Russian General
Yuri Malanin
Raymond Burke
Agent Fletcher
Female Casino Tech
Greg Donaldson ...
Casino Tech
Andrea Enright ...
NSA Tech #2
Paul Spencer


Max Peterson is a globe-trotting techno-whiz who installs security systems on computers. He receives an anonymous gift: a phone which sends messages that enable him to win at a casino. Max soon finds himself pursed by hit men, the casino's security chief, and a CIA operative. Who's sending Max messages? Previous recipients of similar windfalls have ended up dead. After a couple of close scrapes, Max realizes he's in danger, so he tries to find out the root of the conspiracy - which seems to have access to every security camera in the world - before he's the next victim. Why is this happening to him, and who can he trust? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, some sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 February 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gift  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$500,154 (USA) (27 February 2009)


$500,154 (USA) (27 February 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


As of June 2013, the approximate time of private contractor Ed Snowden's exposing of the NSA's "Echelon Conspiracy" the last Senate Bill introduced into legislature is actually 1123. See more »


The rifles carried by the S.W.A.T. team in Omaha are made to look like AR15s, but are actually modified AK 47s with extra pieces attached such as a fake receiver cover above the real one to attach the carry handle and the butt stock. At least one of the team members is carrying one with his finger on the trigger, but you can see the hammer resting on the rear of the bolt through the gap in the side (uncocked), which means that pulling the trigger would do nothing without racking the bolt. See more »


[first lines]
Curator: Everything okay down there?
Max Peterson: Piece a cake.
Curator: That locks it?
Max Peterson: Yep, centuries of Thai history, safe as Fort Knox. Watch, uh,
[removes a panel]
Max Peterson: Relax, I'm a professional.
Max Peterson: [causes a massive short] Okay, now your servers are down because of a power surge, a grid malfunction, or maybe even a bomb. Now, if the intruder tries to reboot your servers or access the data, he'll always hit this screen.
[login screen]
Max Peterson: This is your BIOS-level password. Without it, nothing works in this room.
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Not worth viewing, my opinion, unless you enjoy looking at an attractive cast, no matter what the lines
20 December 2011 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Max (Shane West) installs security systems for computers all over the world. To the chagrin of his latest client, he sets off an alarm to prove how great the security is, causing minor havoc. Soon, the hotel he has been staying at gives him an elaborate mobile phone, which has a plethora of aps. One gives him the ability to beat the tables at the local gambling venue. But, all too soon, Max realizes someone is tracking him with this phone and, horror, he learns that other folks who had just such a device ended up getting bumped off. Ouch! Soon, Max crosses paths with undercover agents like John (Edward Burns) and upsets other spies like Ving Rhames and Martin Sheen. Then, too, a beautiful but mysterious woman named Kamile (Tamara Feldman) spends the night with Max, after a brief meeting. However, she may or may not be the enemy. Will Max be able to get out of lengthening maze of danger? This film started off rather well but soon became irrelevant. The cast, including West, Burns, and Feldman, is very attractive and talented, yes, to no avail. Nor does it matter that the venues are exotic, the costumes fine or the direction has energy. With a plot that loses sense and a high-tech premise that is not easily understood, the movie is a disappointment. Look for other film ideas, such as the Bourne Identity, which has a similar look and feel.

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