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Echelon Conspiracy (2009)

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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.

Director:

Greg Marcks

Writers:

Michael Nitsberg (screenplay), Kevin Alyn Elders (screenplay) (as Kevin Elders) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane West ... Max Peterson
Edward Burns ... John Reed
Ving Rhames ... Agent Dave Grant
Jonathan Pryce ... Mueller
Amara Zaragoza ... Kamila (as Tamara Feldman)
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 Andrea Enright ... NSA Tech #2
Trevor White ... 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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Security comes at a price... See more »


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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

27 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gift See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$500,154, 1 March 2009

Gross USA:

$666,009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,668,952
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

The rifles carried by the S.W.A.T. team in Omaha are made to look like AR15s, but are actually modified AK 47s with extra pieces attached such as a fake receiver cover above the real one to attach the carry handle and the butt stock. At least one of the team members is carrying one with his finger on the trigger, but you can see the hammer resting on the rear of the bolt through the gap in the side (uncocked), which means that pulling the trigger would do nothing without racking the bolt. 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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Soundtracks

Helicopter
Written by Russell Lissack (uncredited), Gordon Moakes (uncredited), Kele Okereke (uncredited) and Matt Tong (uncredited)
Performed by Bloc Party
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Good for a rainy Saturday evening...
7 June 2009 | by flaviu1965See all my reviews

Nice, not boring, cliché-oriented, Martin Sheen & Ving Rhames among others, nicely packed "Eagle Eye" 50% clone, super computers going wild, the human brain winning again, the assumingly good guy in top position being called to some committee... Seen these before? So did I, but, as I said, for a rainy Saturday evening it's quite OK. It could've been worse, could've been a lot better. The script started really interesting, but lost something on the way. Nothing to do with the acting, just some childish solutions when there was room for more strong approach. Anyway, you can stay to the end credits, enjoying some action and "what's the next camera watching?"...


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