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Donovan's Echo (2011)

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A series of uncanny déjà vu events force a man to re-examine his tragic past, memory, instinct, and future.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donovan Matheson
Kyarra Willis ...
Magnolia Matheson
Jasmine Matheson
Finnley Boyd
Dean Belton
Susan Boyd
Katina Small ...
Maggie - 35 years
Speaker (as Stephen Jeffreys)
Medical Assistant


A series of uncanny déjà vu events force a man to re-examine his tragic past, memory, instinct, and future.

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Rated PG-13 for some violent content | See all certifications »

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15 February 2012 (USA)  »

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With a professional background in illustration and animation, director Jim Cliffe storyboarded almost the entire movie, but the ambitious 20-day schedule forced the first-time director to be more spontaneous on a day-to-day basis. See more »


In the newspaper clipping Donovan pulls out near the beginning of the movie, there is a typo. It says "Police and ambulances responded quickly to the seen.. (should be "scene"). See more »


Gene Pool
Songwriter Mark Kevin Wilson
Produced by Vintage Masters Music
Performed by Lucian Blaque
Courtesy of Fervor Records Vintage Master, a division of Wild Whirled Music
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Somewhat Disjointed
30 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Donovan (Danny Glover) returns to his home after 30-years of roaming (which was never really explained) due to the deaths of his wife and child in a vehicle accident. He was a nuclear physicist and blames himself for paying more attention to his work rather than his family. He was also a member of the Manhattan Project back in the day and later became obsessed with Cold Fusion. Now that he is back he has visions of the future that correspond to the date he lost his family.

Remember the saying or slogan "we are all connected" from other movies: CRASH and CLOUD ATLAS? Apparently the message didn't get through as we have this movie to drill it into us again.

Donovan sees visions of what will happen in the future and Finn (Bruce Greenwood) the local Canadian policeman and Donovan's best friend doesn't believe him; and Finn thinks Donovan is becoming dangerous. Donovan believes there is a reason he came back - at this time - and he sees things and attaches the visions to the date of the death of his wife and child. We decide Donovan is not mental (hey, that would be another story) but he cannot seem to get thru to Finn, Maggie (the 11-year old who has the same name of his daughter who died in that accident), or to Maggie's mother Sarah (Sonja Bennett). We have dialogues in our heads that would help but our dialogues are never used. Bummer.

We try to connect the dots with Donovan. However, the way these dots are presented make it difficult to follow any logic and it is here the script confuses us. Sad to say much of this story is disjointed and we are on the verge of looking for the remote to end this because we find ourselves no longer caring.

I don't believe the connection message got thru this time. In the other movies mentioned above the connections are universal; but here the connections seemed to be relegated to Donovan and the immediate cast only. The drilling was not successful in my opinion. (4/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: No.

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