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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:
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John Reed
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Agent Dave Grant
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Mueller
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Kamila
Yuriy Kutsenko ...
Russian General
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Yuri Malanin
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Raymond Burke
Ilan Goodman ...
Dennis
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Agent Fletcher
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Charles
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Female Casino Tech
Greg Donaldson ...
Casino Tech
Andrea Enright ...
NSA Tech #2
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Paul Spencer
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Storyline

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

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Release Date:

12 March 2009 (Kazakhstan)  »

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The Gift  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$500,154 (USA) (27 February 2009)
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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 »

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When Max and Reed are being chased, the yellow van they use doesn't have rear windows. Yet, when Reed is going to reverse and hit Grant's car, they look back as if there were windows. See more »

Quotes

[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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Doesn't deserve the bad reviews.
30 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Firstly, let me say that the reviewers giving this film one star can't possibly have seen a truly bad movie. This is by no means mind-blowing, but is a OK attempt at the spy-thriller genre. It brings in some new aspects with regards to storyline, but ultimately coming of cliché'd and slightly cheesy.

The acting as OK, but i never base a film on it's acting unless it is visibly terrible, which this isn't. However, the scripting could have been massively improved just by taking out the attempted humour, which ultimately fails and leaves the film looking childish. The storyline starts off fairly strongly, and is fairly enjoyable to watch. However, it is clearly a copy of Eagle Eye/other similar films, but with a lower budget.

It's only let down is when the conspiracy is uncovered, leading to an ending that is resolved in a very cliché manor, which is a shame, as it could have made the movie more enjoyable if new aspects were brought in, giving it a better twist. Also, some of the characters play seemingly, very confused roles, switching sides from 'good' to 'bad' with no real explanation as such.

However, if you enjoyed films like Eagle Eye, Minority Report, The Island etc etc, then definitely give this a try. It isn't quite as good, but well worth the look if you fancy an easy to watch tech-based film. 6/10


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