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Donovan's Echo (2011)

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A series of uncanny déjà vu events force a man to re-examine his tragic past, memory, instinct, and future.


Jim Cliffe


Jim Cliffe (screenplay), Melodie Krieger (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Donovan Matheson
Kyarra Willis Kyarra Willis ... Magnolia Matheson
Karen Holness ... Jasmine Matheson
Bruce Greenwood ... Finnley Boyd
Kevin McNulty ... Dean Belton
Natasha Calis ... Maggie Walgrave
Lanette Ware ... Susan Boyd
Hiro Kanagawa ... Kaisha
Katina Small ... Maggie Walgrave - 35 years
Stephen Jefferys ... Speaker (as Stephen Jeffreys)
Chelah Horsdal ... Doctor
David Lewis ... Kit
Sonja Bennett ... Sarah Walgrave
Sunita Prasad ... Medical Assistant
Ian Tracey ... Ray


In late 1994, former physicist Donovan Matheson returns to his hometown to live in the house he abandoned almost thirty years ago following the deaths of his wife and then eleven year old daughter, Jasmine Matheson and Magnolia Matheson respectively, in a car accident caused by Christopher Bailey, an underage driver who stole a car for a joyride. Donovan, who focused his work on cold fusion, believes he is at fault for their deaths as he believes he could have saved them if not for other things in his life, including his excessive drinking which has only worsened in his grief. The house had been kept up by Donovan's friend, police sergeant Finnley Boyd, who Donovan had only sporadically kept in touch with in the intervening years. Although not clear why he moved back, Donovan comes to believe, in a sense of déjà vu, that the purpose of his return ultimately is to save an eleven year old girl he meets, Maggie Walgrave, in his constant encounters with her, her bookstore owner mother ... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for some violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El destino está escrito See more »

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The shooting schedule was a tight twenty days, considering the multiple locations, stunt work, and budget. See more »


In the newspaper clipping Donovan pulls out near the beginning of the movie, there is a typo. It says "Police and ambulances responded quickly to the seen.. (should be "scene"). See more »


Gene Pool
Songwriter Mark Kevin Wilson
Produced by Vintage Masters Music
Performed by Lucian Blaque
Courtesy of Fervor Records Vintage Master, a division of Wild Whirled Music
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Exploring the Mysterious Echoes of Time
18 December 2014 | by UrantiaSee all my reviews

For me, Donovan's Echo was an inspirational reminder that the sovereignty of God is unlimited. The universe was not inevitable. It is neither an accident nor some self-existent entity of ethereal proportions exploding upon the empty stage of nebular nothingness. The universe is a work of creation and is therefore wholly subject to the will of the Creator. And unlike any documentary that may have attempted to encapsulate portions of these philosophical mysteries in a few condensed scenes featuring talking heads that move their lips in a rapid succession of lingual fireworks but who fail to say anything spiritually significant, this suspense-filled flick was enlightening and entertaining. By the way, God was never mentioned by name or even indirectly referenced in this movie although you might not know that after reading my review thus far (unless you have already seen Donovan's Echo). The topic that is dealt with has to do with how someone can be called upon to do something of the utmost importance that is beneficial to the long-term welfare of the planet perhaps by those Beings who are unseen and uncredited yet work diligently behind the scenes for the good of the many (and since they exist on a cosmic plane far above planetary mortals, they know more than any of us about everything there is to know). The chosen individual might be completely unaware that he or she has a supremely significant task to be completed during their mortal lifetime. At times when Doubt temporarily wins the tug-of-war with Faith, they might even think they are deluded or even crazy. Others who know them might share that opinion. But what matters in the end is only if the spiritually-guided person chooses to act or not to act (this going way beyond Shakespeare's "to be or not to be" since active participation can only be directly invoked by an act of will) and I choose not to mention anything more pertaining to what happens in this thriller so as to allow the ending to appear when scripted.

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