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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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Even the truth can be killed 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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$500,154, 1 March 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In some global markets "Echelon Conspiracy" was released with the title "The Gift." See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 03 mins) When Max and John are talking (after the scene when they met in Moscow) the time on the clock in the back keeps on changing. Its 1100 in the start, then switches between 1045, 1500, 1830 and 1100. 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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Referenced in The Blockbuster Buster: Top 10 Lame LXG Moments (2012) See more »

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Performed by Tomorrow and Everyday After
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Film was better than I expected after reading the negative reviews
28 March 2009 | by phrixionSee all my reviews

This film got a 5 out of me, because in the end I realized this movie is a lower budget, straight to DVD version of other movies in its genre and subject matter. The film itself seemed hastily put together with what scenes they shot to muster up a simple and digestible, even if disagreeable film.

The Pros: I'll name these first to be kind. -Story and characters make sense... more on this later. -It's international, but mostly American. They travel around the world (or so they say in the film but mostly in Prague, Moscow and somewhere in the US).

The Cons: -Too many holes and unanswered questions in the script and story line. -The main character lacks intelligent initiative. -The script itself is lacking in many areas and just assumes things without presenting them to the audience. -They give too much credit to the computer and to the characters without establishing any premise.

Straight to DVD in my opinion and not worth a watch in the theater. However the premise and subject matter is somewhat realistic with the findings of Ghostnet and other information gathering computer attacks found by Canadian and US university researchers.


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