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Echelon Conspiracy -- An engineer receives an untraceable cell phone, which he slowly becomes aware is used for dangerous purposes. Following the instructions he receives via text message, soon finds himself fighting for his life.
Echelon Conspiracy -- Clip: They're all dead
Echelon Conspiracy -- Clip: Password protection
Echelon Conspiracy -- Clip: Shut it down
Echelon Conspiracy -- Clip: Car chase

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Michael Nitsberg (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
12 March 2009 (Kazakhstan) See more »
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Even the truth can be killed See more »
Plot:
At first, the strange phone messages promised great wealth. Soon, though, government agents pursue the young engineer receiving them around the world. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Shane West ... Max Peterson

Edward Burns ... John Reed

Ving Rhames ... Agent Dave Grant

Jonathan Pryce ... Mueller

Tamara Feldman ... Kamila
Yuriy Kutsenko ... Russian General

Sergey Gubanov ... Yuri Malanin

Martin Sheen ... Raymond Burke
Ilan Goodman ... Dennis

Todd Jensen ... Agent Fletcher

Steven Elder ... Charles

Sandra De Sousa ... Female Casino Tech
Greg Donaldson ... Casino Tech
Andrea Enright ... NSA Tech #2

Trevor White ... Paul Spencer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dimitar Dimitrov ... Kremlin Guard

Hristo Hristov ... Lead SWAT
Danko Jordanov ... Max's Attacker 2
Vlado Mihailov ... FBI Agent

Velizar Peev ... NSA Agent #2
Atanas Srebrev ... NSA #1 (as Atanas M. Srebrev)
Marianne Stanicheva ... Pentagon Woman
Mike Straub ... NSA Operator #3 (as Michael G. Straub)

Vee Vimolmal ... Receptionist
Dimiter Doichinov ... NSA Hitman #1 (uncredited)
Sapphire Jule King ... NSA Operator #4 (uncredited)
John Laskowski ... Real Estate Agent (uncredited)
Jan Loukota ... Sniper Assassin (uncredited)
Hristo Mitzkov ... Front Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Richard Ng ... Wong (uncredited)
Stanimir Stamatov ... NSA Hitman #2 (uncredited)
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Directed by
Greg Marcks 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Nitsberg (screenplay) and
Kevin Elders (screenplay)

Michael Nitsberg (story)

Produced by
Charles V. Bender .... executive producer
Stephen Bender .... associate producer
John Corser .... producer: Thailand
Alexander Leyviman .... producer
Navid McIlhargey .... executive producer
Steve Richards .... producer
Roee Sharon .... producer (as Roee Sharon Peled)
Jonathan Tzachor .... executive producer
Udi Yerushalmy .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
Bobby Tahouri 
 
Cinematography by
Lorenzo Senatore 
 
Film Editing by
Joseph Gutowski 
James Herbert 
 
Casting by
Dean E. Fronk 
Gillian Hawser 
Donald Paul Pemrick 
 
Production Design by
Antonello Rubino 
 
Art Direction by
Ivailo Nikolov 
Ivan Ranghelov 
 
Set Decoration by
Valentina Mladenova 
Giovanni Natalucci 
 
Costume Design by
Lyubomir Doichinov (special costume designer)
Alison Freer (US)
Maria Mladenoza 
 
Makeup Department
Desislava Grozdeva .... hair stylist
Tatyana 'Tita' Sleptsova .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Paul McCloskey .... production manager
Bobby Ranghelov .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sylvia Asenova .... second assistant director
Vessela Bannzurkova .... first assistant director
Asya Chakarova .... second assistant director
Todor Chapkanov .... first assistant director
Viktor Ivanov .... second unit director (as Victor Ivanov)
Jeff Shiffman .... first assistant director
Mariana Vodenicharova .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Borislav Belberov .... stand-by props
Bogdan Bogdanov .... carpenter
Dirk Buchmann .... property master
Maria Doicheva .... painter
Anna Hadzhieva .... art department coordinator
Alexei Karagyaur .... graphic designer
Georgi Kodzhabashiyski .... painter
Rosen Marinkov .... stand-by props
Eleonora Slavkova .... painter
Rosen Stefanov .... leadman: set dressing
Zhivko Zhelyazkov .... storyboard artist
Evgeni Yordanov .... construction manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christopher S. Aud .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Christopher S. Aud .... sound designer
Christopher S. Aud .... supervising sound editor
Ed Carr .... sound re-recording mixer
Todd Grace .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles Hamilton .... sound recordist
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Tsvetan Kadiiski .... sound mixer
Mark L. Mangino .... supervising dialogue editor
Marc Meyer .... sound effects editor
Ivaylo Natzev .... sound recordist
Katy Wood .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Orlin Budinov .... special effects technician
Jovko Dogandjiski .... special effects technician
Nikolay Fartunkov .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Alden Anderson .... visual effects
Rodrigo Armendariz .... digital compositor
Adam Avery .... additional visual effects (as Avery FX, Inc.)
Eran Barnea .... visual effects supervisor
Eddie Bonin .... visual effects
Sam Calabrese .... visual effects artist
Ryan Spike Dauner .... on-set supervisor
Erik Dehkhoda .... digital compositor
Erik Dehkhoda .... digital effects artist
Stoycho Dimitrov .... digital compositor
Travis Dultz .... visual effects editor
Meliza Fermin .... digital compositor
Sean Findley .... post production consultant
Patrick Fogarty .... digital effects artist
Erick Geisler .... visual effects producer
Ragui Hanna .... digital compositor
Nathan Hopkins .... digital effects artist
Ekaterina 'Kuki' Korabelnikova .... video graphics supervisor
Elizabeth Kupfer .... digital artist
Megan Omi .... digital compositor
Robert Pietri .... motion graphics designer
Kenny Polonski .... visual effects artist
Scott C. Robert .... visual effects
Natasha Roth .... assistant to visual effects supervisor
Josh Sahley .... visual effects supervisor
David Scandlyn .... digital effects artist
David Scandlyn .... visual effects
Dennis Shin .... digital effects artist
Mark Spatny .... visual effects supervisor: Stargate Digital
Enrique Torres .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Asen Asenov .... stunts
Ivailo Dimitrov .... stunt performer (as Kuri)
Sergey Golovkin .... stunts
Dian Hristov .... stunts
Radoslav Ignatov .... lead stunt double
Borislav Iliev .... stunts
Martin Ivanov .... stunt performer
Viktor Ivanov .... stunt coordinator (as Victor Ivanov)
Danko Jordanov .... stunts
Yana Marinova .... stunt double: Tamara Feldman
Stilyan Mavrov .... stunt performer
Trayan Milenov-Troy .... stunt performer
Radoslav Parvanov .... stunt performer
Radoslav Parvanov .... stunts
Velizar Peev .... stunt performer
Elitsa Razheva .... stunts
Krasimir Simeonov .... stunts
Alexandr Soloviev .... stunt driver
Stanimir Stamatov .... stunts
Georgi Stanislavov .... stunts
Vencislav Stojanov .... stunts
Teodor Tsolov .... stunts
Kaloian Vodenicharov .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hristo Aleksandrov .... focus puller
Pepi Bonev .... second assistant camera: second unit
Ilya Boyko .... director of photography: second unit
Matteo Carlesimo .... Steadicam operator
Matteo Carlesimo .... camera operator
Yavor Chakarov .... monitor operator
Liudmil Donchev .... video assistant
Vladislav Mateev .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Frantisek Novák .... camera assistant: Prague
Ivo Peitchev .... camera operator: "c" camera
Ivo Peitchev .... director of photography: second unit
Sasha Rendulic .... cinematographer: second unit
Ivan Vatzov .... assistant camera
Mihail Yanakiev .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Eddie Jaszek .... casting assistant
Jonas Talkington .... casting director: local
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lyubomir Doichinov .... costumer
Nikolai Kirilov .... assistant costume designer (as Nikolay Kirilov)
Vyarka Sirkova .... set costumer
Jasmina Vasileva .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Red Charyszyn .... assistant editor
Philip Hedgecock .... first assistant editor
Adam Ohl .... digital intermediate producer
Jason Sikora .... editor: main title
Christopher Hills-Wright .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Dan Tegnelia .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Todor G. Todorov .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Matt Biffa .... music supervisor
Derek Somaru .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Lubomir Evtimov .... transportation coordinator (as Lyubo Evtimov)
 
Other crew
Gina Amador .... post production accountant
Atanas Apostolov .... assistant armourer on set
Anna Bass .... production coordinator
Anna Bass .... production coordinator: Moscow
Vasilena Boneva .... assistant to director
Michael Frayeh .... production accountant
Mario Georgiev .... production accountant
Cherise Honey .... production coordinator: USA
Bogdan Hristov .... production assistant
Kristina Kambitova .... legal advisor: bulgaria
Daniela Koeva .... assistant to producer
Toni Lalov .... location manager
Ronald J. Levin .... production counsel
Adetoro Makinde .... production coordinator: United States
Kiril Neitchev .... key production assistant
Marina Ranghelova .... Travel Coordinator
Petur Shipkov .... production assistant
Federico Silva .... production assistant
Shelly Stoyanova .... script supervisor
Yanko Ushatov .... accountant
Ina Vaseva .... assistant production coordinator
 
Thanks
Mike Sablone .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Gift" - Australia (DVD title), USA (working title)
"The Conspiracy" - Singapore (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, some sexuality and brief language
Runtime:
105 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Eyeborgs (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Echelon Conspiracy, 23 May 2009
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

At one glance, it's easy to dismiss Echelon Conspiracy as yet another Eagle Eye wannabe. Face it, it has a man who receives mysterious and anonymous instructions, being on the run from authorities, and constantly getting put into various lines of fire. Only that despite its plot loopholes and common ground factors, this B-grade movie is a lot more fun than the big budgeted action thriller from last year, and Shane West being a lot less irritating that Shia LaBeouf.

West (the only other recent film I saw him in was Red Sands) plays a computer engineer Max Peterson, who while in Bangkok for a job assignment, receives a mysterious DHL (thank you product placement) package which contains a state of the art mobile phone (I want one!), seemingly bundled with real time information which provided him a Final Destination moment, and insider trader information. He doesn't know who's tipping him off, but like every ordinary Joe out there, nobody's rejecting money-spinning messages once the results have been verified.

Which brings him to Prague and Moscow and back to the USA in a semi-global wild goose chase in order not to look cheap, first by Ed Burns' John Reed, an ex-FBI agent now working for a conglomerate whose casino Max tries to fleece from, then from Ving Rhames' Agent Dave Grant, under orders from NSA chief Raymond Burke who has higher orders to allow Dave to work outside of the country (yep, that's unbelievable loophole #1 if you wish). In any case it's a reluctant cat-and-mouse chase of sorts and cooperation in others as the trio play at this dangerous cloak-and-dagger in trying to find out who the source of instructional messages that have caused the lives of the recipients. No prizes to be won after you sit through some 20 minutes of the film actually.

There's plenty of slime thrown at the Bush Administration by writers Kevin Elders and Michael Nitsberg, aiming the gunsights of their story squarely at the Patriot Act, and the playing of the trading of freedom for big brother type of surveillance, which is legendary of the NSA. Perhaps there's too much credit here given for being able to come up with THE ultimate supercomputer able to crunch facts and numbers, to be the tool of choice when tapping into just about every telecommunications device in the world to churn out threat reports. A little science-fiction thrown in of course, with big assumptions that everything is connected on the world wide grid, and coupled with an ending that would astonish non-techies, but a comedy to nerds.

Recognizable names such as Burns, Rhames, Sheen and even Jonathan Pryce lend some gravitas into a slightly-above average thriller, which if you put aside the implausibles, actually is of some fun. Shane West though makes a good alternative to the over-exposed Shia LaBeouf, and hopefully we get to see opportunities presented to him to step up into more mainstream, big-budgeted action roles, because frankly, today's Hollywood cinema needs a new It boy to be doing all the running, rather than going back to the same old name currently.

I just cannot stop laughing at the lack of ingenuity of the filmmakers of having the BBC news channel spoofed as CCD (C'mon, can you be a little more creative than this?) with similar colour schemes employed, and an English accent too. Echelon Conspiracy isn't going to win over any fans, but it was fun while it lasted. Just check your logic at the door.

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