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Earth to Echo (2014)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi  |  2 July 2014 (USA)
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After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tuck (as Brian 'Astro' Bradley)
Emma (as Ella Linnea Wahlestedt)
Dr. Lawrence Madsen (Construction Worker)
Marcus Simms (as Alga Smith)
Cassius Willis ...
Calvin Simms
Theresa Simms
Janice Douglas
Betty Barrett
James Hastings
Christina Hastings
Construction Worker #2
Dusty - Mullet Lady at Bar
Bar Patron #2 (as Marilyn Giacommazzi)


"Earth to Echo" follows four young teenagers who find an alien life form that's trying to rebuild its spaceship. Together, the teenagers protect the alien and help rebuild it's ship so it can fly back to its home planet. Written by Unknown

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An adventure as big as the universe. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some action and peril, and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Wolf Adventure  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,364,658 (USA) (4 July 2014)


$38,916,903 (USA) (17 October 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Earth to Echo" was produced and financed by Walt Disney Pictures. After chairman Alan Horn saw a final cut, it was put in turnaround and was purchased by Relativity Media. See more »


When the group of kids is heading back to the construction site, the movie shortly plays a view of the Superstition Mountains. The Superstition Mountains are in the Phoenix area of Arizona, and definitely NOT in Nevada. This is a clear geological oversight. See more »


[first lines]
Tuck: All right, mom, I'm leaving. Spending the night at Alex's house so we can play a new video game.
Theresa Simms: [busy talking] Have whatever you want, honey.
Tuck: You know what, I lied, actually. We're gonna ride our bikes out into the desert, at night, alone. Without supervision.
Theresa Simms: [still busy talking] Okay, see you then, sweetie.
Tuck: Also rob a bank. Go to Mexico. Maybe even start a new life.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, we see Alex pointing out his phone is acting all weird again. See more »


References Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) See more »


Counting Stars
Written by Ryan Tedder
Performed by OneRepublic
Courtesy of Mosley Music/Interscope Records
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Terrible shaky camera ruins an otherwise good film
19 June 2014 | by (Bellevue WA) – See all my reviews

I was really excited about this movie after watching the trailer. Unfortunately, I think the trailer picked up the most stable of the shots.

Although there was a strong resemblance to E.T., and I could relate to The Goonies too a little bit, the movie got off to a good start and it maintained the pace throughout.

Three buddies, Tuck, Alex and Munch are soon to be separated by a construction project causing their families to move. Tuck, an amateur videographer almost always has a camera handy and tapes all moments with his friends. A few days before the move, all their cell phones start behaving weirdly. Alex discovers it's a map and soon their last night together turns into an adventure. Tuck tapes the whole adventure and we see the story from whatever was taped (found footage).

Cons: 1. Shaky cam - I'm usually neutral to shaky cam. I know it's supposed to be amateur footage, but why subject the audience to a dizzying IMAX screen of shaky cam the entire length of the movie? I was fortunately sitting in the back but I felt sorry for the people in the front rows. If you're prone to motion sickness, do not watch this. Even I take better videos than this with my hand-held camera.

2. Screen time of Echo - Given that the movie is about an alien, the screen time of Echo is very less. I would have loved to see more of Echo definitely. The departure of Echo is rather abrupt.

3. Unnecessary character - Emma was definitely a purposefully introduced and totally unnecessary character.

Pros: 1. Good acting - By all the three kids. They did their part well.

2. Good soundtrack - I think the music plays only for a few minutes in the movie but I liked it.

3. Good graphics - The graphics were really nice. Echo and rest of the sequences were well done.

Like another review, I would consider this more of a good rental movie than one that's good to see in the theater.

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