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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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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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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 »

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The hangar in Omaha is surrounded by an apron built using hexagonal tiles used in construction of Warsaw Pact military airfields. 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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Grounds For Divorce
Written by Guy Garvey (uncredited) and Elbow (uncredited)
Performed by Elbow
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Ugh...so many clichés and such bad directing, it's classic. Bad despite itself.
25 July 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Echelon Conspiracy (2009)

Wow, this is an exercise in how to make a movie look good and not be good. It seems on the surface to have all these flashy elements, visual and plotwise (conspiracies, snipers, computers with minds of their own, you know the routine). But it's so crappy, to use a sophisticated word, it's painful. It's just badly directed. Yes, the script is lame, yes, the acting is lame. But the direction makes the least of even these elements.

Why watch it? Why write a review? It's odd, really, that it can look so good and stumble so badly. If you watch the first minute, you'll be sucked in. If you watch five minutes, you'll see already how clumsy it is.

Too bad. Some nice stuff in the wings here.


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