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Echoes of Innocence (2006)

Sara Simmonds , Jake McDorman , Nathan Todd Sims  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sara Simmonds, Jake McDorman
  • Directors: Nathan Todd Sims
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full length, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lifesize Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CPHA7Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Echoes of Innocence" on IMDb

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  • Commentary by director Nathan Todd Simms
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Director Nathan Todd Sims brings us a riveting tale of Good vs. Evil in the spiritual teen Christian thriller Echoes of Innocence. Starring Sara Simmonds and Jake McDorman

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How a Christian Movie Should Be Made February 25, 2007
I try to include as many spiritual movies in my reviews that I can, as long as they are consistent with traditional Christian values. This movie goes right to the top of the list of Spiritual movies; it is how I think a Christian movie should be made. First, it is an exciting and fascinating story in itself; a 12-year-old boy and girl pledge their love for each other, but are separated. Will they forget their promises to each other, like most kids, or somehow find their way back to each other.

In this movie, we have an unchurched girl, Sarah, who somehow senses the Presence of God in her life. She, like her hero Joan of Arc, clearly wants to live only in ways that are pleasing to God. When she feels she has sinned, knowing of Confession in the Catholic Church, she turns to the local priest. I should interject here that this priest is how a priest should be, and, indeed, he is like most all the priests I've met. (Unlike so much media negative image of Catholic priests.) The way he handles Sarah serves to strengthen her faith. But, all this spiritual element is done so subtly, so naturally and without a hint of preaching, that it really is Christianity by example. I should add that Sarah is not a confirmed Catholic, so Protestants can appreciate the story as much as anyone would.

I don't dare say anything more lest I give away the story, which is a powerful story of simple faith and trust in God. All I have to say is that I have watched thousands of movies, many with spiritual elements, and this is by far the top in general production quality, caliber of acting, and in its story. I have to thank Mel Gibson for showing that there is a real thirst for top-quality Christian movies. If you watch only one spiritual movie this year, make it this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual Christian film fare July 1, 2009
By Marie44
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This film has a very intense, mysterious plot with a lot of suspense. I liked it, but I'm not sure how to describe it. Sarah and Christopher pledge their love to each other as young teenagers, then Christopher is gone. Sarah, whose hero is Joan of Arc and has visions, wants to remain true to the promise she and Christopher made to one another. Sarah has a very disturbed mother and she tries hard not to be like her in any way, and seeks spiritual guidance from a priest even though she is not Catholic. There are evil influences and distractions and temptations along the way. This film almost seemed allegorical with Sarah as the Church and Christopher as the Christ in how she attempts to stay faithful even when she has no sign Christopher will ever return. The ending is a surprise with scenes that can easily be interpreted with double meanings. On the negative side, some scenes don't flow well, such as the group of teenagers talking about taking a purity pledge and then Sarah and another girl sitting in a hall--it seems something is missing in between. And there is a very violent series of events at night, but it's so dark in the scenes it's difficult to tell what is happening. It's also never quite clear why the grandmother sits and stares and has no reactions to Sarah talking to her. Other than those minor flaws, it is a good movie and the acting is very well done. I especially liked the acting of Sarah in the school play. All in all, I would recommend this film to anyone who would like to see an unusual film with strong Christian messages.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!!! February 6, 2010
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I love this movie. I was expecting it to be poor quality and not very good but I took a chance and I am glad I did. This movie was about a young girl who saved herself for this one guy for over five years and was given visions from God. I love this movie. Five stars!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it March 8, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I loved it PURE and SIMPLE. I was concerned that the quality might be poor but it was not. I enjoyed the purity of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, Interesting, Biblically Sound June 15, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This was not like your typical soft, gentle Christian movie. All of those are good, but we need more like this. When a movie is this intense and interesting, it will attract larger audiences and give better visibility to how someone can seek a sincere relationship with God in real world settings.

Developing a relationship with God is unique for everyone because everyone is unique. This movie portrayed a great example of one girl's unique journey developing her relationship with God.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to Ponder July 11, 2006
I saw this film on the big screen and couldn't get it out of my mind for quite a while afterwards. I bought it recently and have enjoyed viewing it again. It offers an intriguing story of a "good girl" with an almost mystic inner conflict and a "bad guy" who is hauntingly evil. It is one of those films that has more to reveal upon a second viewing. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie May 9, 2007
I saw this movie a long time ago in theaters. It was really really good and I'm a kid but I still thought it was great!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves it. January 28, 2013
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It is a good movie. Not for kids to watch but great for teens and older. It is a great movie about purity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
poor quality. It was so dark, I could hardly see anything.
Published 13 days ago by Sopha
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
It is Great to have positive movies. I think this was a very positive film, great for young adults too.
Published 2 months ago by Dolores
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good movie
It was a pleasure to see a movie about a teenager who is trying to live the right kind of life.
Published 4 months ago by Jane Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Streaming Quality!
For me, the streaming quality was another Amazon Instant Video review here of this movie. I could barely see certain scenes, and the contrast was extremely poor. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A Caring Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE !This Should have been under "a Horror Movie" Section!
I normally won't give a review or make a assessment of A Movie,feeling Everyone has Different Taste in what They Like! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Judy
2.0 out of 5 stars Sound Premise, Terrible Execution
I really wanted to like this movie -- it sounded like an interesting premise, and previous reviews suggested that the overall message was a good one. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. A. Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a christian film
This movie was a waste of time and felt evil. I'd recommend: COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF, WITHOUT A FATHER, OVERCOME, GRACE CARD, THE ENCOUNTER....just not this one.
Published 15 months ago by Ben
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed.
I perhaps would have liked this movie if I could have seen the entire film. I tried to watch it three times and it stopped and would not reload each time. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, slow and unbelievable
Extremely slow and boring. Poor acting. Not believable. Guessed the ending less than half way thru and hoped it couldn't be that stupid. Read more
Published 16 months ago by lorraine black
2.0 out of 5 stars Misled by the dove
I only got into a little over 15 mins of this movie and had to quit watching it. I have always trusted dove approved movies as family friendly. Read more
Published 16 months ago by in2deals
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