The new children’s film, Earth to Echo, wants to be a Millennial version of E.T., but it sacrifices emotion in favor of realism. The end result is a one-dimensional robot that will disappoint younger children, and a repetitive action story that will bore older kids. Its heart may be in the right place but there’s just not enough imagination or excitement to clear this movie for launch.
When a fresh-faced director takes the helm of his first full length film, there’s always a degree of anticipation, and maybe even hope, surrounding the project. Will he (or she) steer us into familiar waters, or spin the wheel with wild abandon, taking us boldly into new, exciting territory? Dave Green, whose debut feature Earth to Echo just hit screens, has unfortunately done the former, but that isn’t a reason not to keep an eye on him. While Earth to Echo is ultimately not much more than a decent family adventure flick, there are enough glimmers of creativity to make it stand out, and to indicate there’s hope for Green yet.