Echelon Conspiracy (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Mystery  |  27 February 2009 (USA)
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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
Yuriy Kutsenko ...
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 <>

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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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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 »


After servers power down during final battle and the three protagonists are arrested, they magically appear powered up again in the background of a closeup shot of Max. 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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Referenced in Eyeborgs (2009) See more »


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27 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie, for the budget, is a very good movie. It is very underrated despite its poor rating. It does take a while to get into, but once you understand the main premise behind the movie, it is fantastic.

Plus, the girl in the movie (Tamara Feldman) is absolutely gorgeous and needs to be in more movies.

This movie is a better, lower budgeted version of "Limitless" (Bradley Cooper); different variable, same premise. It's the same as comparing "Equilibrium" to "The Matrix". "Equilibrium" has a lower budget, and is a better movie than "The Matrix".

This movie is definitely worth watching, even though the main actors voice is tough to get used to.

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