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Echelon Conspiracy

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Mysterious cell phone messages promise a young American engineer untold wealth--then make him the target of a deadly international plot. Dangerous security operatives chase the engineer across the globe, while a powerful government official pursues a mysterious agenda that threatens the stability of the entire world.

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In the taut thriller Cellular, a cell phone saves Kim Basinger's life, but the cell phones in Echelon Conspiracy work more like homing devices for a killer. Security consultant Max Peterson's (ER's Shane West) problems begin when he receives a new one while on assignment in Bangkok. The sender is unknown, but their anonymous text messages prove beneficial to his physical and financial well-being, so Max follows the advice they provide--not a particularly wise move considering that Max's job is to "protect data from hackers" (but there'd be no movie otherwise). When he wins three million euros at an upscale casino in Prague, Max comes to the attention of Reed, the Head of Security (Ed Burns), who reports to business tycoon Mr. Mueller (Jonathan Pryce), and FBI Agent Grant (Ving Rhames), who reports to NSA Director Burke (Martin Sheen). Max also meets the doe-eyed Kamila (Tamara Feldman), who may or may not be part of the conspiracy against him. Together, Reed and Grant try to help Max unmask the player behind a plot to turn the world into a global police state, and speed is of the essence since the previous cell phone recipients have all met their respective makers. Despite the name cast, Greg Marcks's follow-up to 11:14 never hits the same dramatic heights as similarly-themed techno-thrillers like Eagle Eye and the Bourne series, but it's a reasonably diverting entertainment, especially if you like a healthy dose of paranoia mixed in with your gunplay and car chases. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Actors: Shane West, Edward Burns, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Pryce, Tamara Feldman
  • Directors: Greg Marcks
  • Writers: Kevin Alyn Elders, Michael Nitsberg
  • Producers: Alexander Leyviman, Charles V. Bender, John Corser, Jonathan Tzachor, Navid McIlhargey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00274SIUG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Echelon Conspiracy" on IMDb

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By AIROLF VINE VOICE on May 8, 2009
Format: DVD
Very similar to last year's "Eagle Eye," but with Shane West instead of Shia LaBeouf. This movie has a bit more intelligent script, but contains a lot less special effects (although there are several pretty good car chases). The theme of the U.S. government creating a machine for "national security" that then turns against them is nothing new and hardly science fiction these days, but the movies about it seem to be abundant. "Echelon Conspiracy" doesn't strike too far from the herd but it's still quite entertaining.
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PLOT SPOILER REVIEW***

The film starts out as an excellent thriller/mystery in spite of the lead being Shane West. Shane stars as Max "glass jaw" Peterson a man who installs programs in computers to prevent hackers. Max gets a strange phone that sends him text messages which saves his life and gives him money. We also know the government is after this device and other people have received such a phone and have died from following its instructions. At this point the film is an excellent thriller/mystery.

There are few suspects and clues in this production and then we find out who's the culprit and the film becomes boring. Max saves the day from a stunt he saw in "War Games" or if you prefer, the Star Trek episode "The Changeling." At this point I groaned. Perhaps if you have never seen either of those two productions, this might seem pretty darn good. As for me, I got bored when I realized you could kill the "bad guy" by tripping over the plug.

Ving Rhames always does a good character job. Outside of that, the film lacked. Might work as a rental. Better than most of the "Red Box" action.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bombs, no nudity, brief love scene.
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"Echelon Conspiracy" is a fairly good thriller. Director Greg Marcks who won an academy award as a student keeps the pace brisk and the mystery unfolding. Of the actors, Tamara Feldman comes across the best IMHO. She plays Kamila. From the first moments where she bumps into Max in a hotel hallway, we know she is not all she appears to be. Feldman, who has done lots of recent TV from "Gossip Girls," "Royal Pains" & "One Tree Hill," gives the character depth. Her reaction frames as she slouches wounded against the bathroom wall are powerful. Shane West, who I have been enjoying on the series "Nikita," plays the lead Max Peterson. He allows the story to be more interesting than his character's reaction to events. The flat performance doesn't give much of a springboard on which the film can rebound. Edward Burns who I actually did see in "27 Dresses" plays John Reed, the casino security and ex-agent. Martin Sheen's Raymond Burke is the bad guy bureaucrat who raves and twitches in Washington DC. Ving Rhames doesn't have as much to do as he did in "Mission Impossible II," but adequately goes through the paces. Jonathan Pryce who has been in numerous "Pirates of the Caribbean" films plays his usual ruthless tycoon. Sergey Gubanov plays the computer whizz Yuri Melanin in what is a great role for the young actor, allowing him to show several different layers. If you like the espionage genre, this is a good flick to kick back and just let it entertain you. Enjoy!
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Imagine a movie assembled from clichés (yes, a stock Hollywood number) and written with the explicit intention of conveying to talented screenwriters, actors, directors and other professionals the utter hopelessness of their situation. Imagine a movie written and made explicitly to show that Hollywood deals in stale ideas, worn-out dialog, plot lines so predictable that your dog knows how the movie will unfold after just glancing at the screen in between attending to its nether parts (a more rewarding activity by far, as it turns out).

Now you're beginning to grasp the dire waste of time that is Echelon Conspiracy. A very small child could have done a better job of writing the script. It's perhaps condign that a movie about a machine should be so terribly mechanical, but it doesn't make for a rewarding viewing experience.

Perhaps if you've recently been lobotomized, this might make for interesting viewing. Or perhaps if you're in a coma it might be acceptable background noise. But if you are a human with any semblance of functioning mental faculties, this nonsense has nothing whatsoever to recommend it. Watching grass grow would be less predictable, more exciting, and ultimately more rewarding.
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I categorized this as a this spy/agent intrigue, action/thriller. One of my favorite movie genres, this movie is very engrossing. I rated it 8.5 or 9 on a 1-10 scale. If you are a fan of this type of movie, you will not be disappointed by Echelon Conspiracy!
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Okay, I know people say this is a copy of Eagle Eye, and if you look at the trailer they are alike, but honestly I believe it when they say Eagle Eye is the one that is like THIS movie. Echelon Conspiracy was done around same time Eagle Eye was, only difference is Eagle Eye was released in theaters first. I vote for this one to be quite honest. Seriously, this movie keeps you on your toes about what happens. ABSOLUTELY recommend this movie!
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This film is about a guy who mysteriously receives a cell/mobile phone which sends him text messages of what he should do. At first it seems like he has struck gold, as this thing tells him not to board a plane that would have crashed with him on it, which slot machines are about to pay off, and what hands to bet all on at black jack tables. However, something else is up with this phone, and the guy who receives it finds himself tangled up with the FBI and other bad guys.

I won't spoil the plot for you, but I will say this movie is worthy of seeing once. Once you have seen it, I doubt you will have any urge to watch it again without it being some stupid personal reason. It's worthy of renting once... however, at the moment Amazon is selling it for under $4... I guess it's worthy of that, then you can pass it on to friends or be OK with getting a dollar or two for it at a pawn shop.
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