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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 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 »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

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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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

After servers power down during final battle and the three protagonists are arrested, they magically appear powered up again in the background of a closeup shot of Max. 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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Frankly
Performed by Bobby Tahouri and Paul Rivera
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Eagle Eye on the cheap
6 April 2009 | by HeislegendSee all my reviews

And that's not necessarily a bad thing. After all, let's not pretend Eagle eye was particularly original. It was essentially a warmed over version of Enemy Of The State which was probably based on some other movie I've never seen. Basically what you've got is you're super paranoid information state super computer run amok strategy here. And for the budget it actually works pretty well. The budget is far from shoe-string, but you're not going to see a national deficit's worth of special effects like you did in the two aforementioned films. Let's just all be happy this film proves that there is something that Michael Bay CAN'T get his hands on (and more than like ruin...Friday the 13th,anyone?), shall we?

The performances are all fine if not somewhat forgettable. Ving Rames succeeded once again in annoying the crap out of me, but that's nothing new. Martin Sheen is an amazingly easy replacement for Jon Voigt (who played essentially the same character in Enemy Of The State). You know, the somewhat power mad head of any given 3 letter intelligence organization (CIA, FBI, FSB, KGB, CBS, etc.) who realizes the error of his ways after everything heads south. Well...maybe not so much for Sheen, but what do you expect? The guy takes the weirdest projects. In any event, Tamara Feldman does fine as the amazingly hot but somewhat pointless love interest/double agent/tougher-than-she-looks chick. If I had one major complaint about the whole thing, it's got to be the simply massive suspension of disbelief required for all but the most hardcore of the tin foil hat crowd. While I too am concerned about the amount of surveillance used by the US government, I am not worried about being tracked by literally everything with a lens. I am well aware that not every single CCTV, traffic, bank, and security camera is accessible by anyone with an internet connection. That's why it's called CCTV...because it's CLOSED CIRCUIT. And since when do Russian hackers have technology that can get the job done better than a multi-billion dollar agency like the NSA? Whatever. It's still not a bad way to kill 100 minutes of your life. Could've used a bigger budget, but it does fine with what it has. Now if I could just figure out who's dumb enough to do anything a text message tells them I'll be set.


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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

Gross USA:

$666,009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,186,782
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2.35 : 1
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