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Jesse Bradford (who could easily pass for Colin Ferrell's brother) plays Bobby. Recently out of prison, he's trying to put his life back together. He moves into his recently deceased mother's apartment and weird stuff starts happening. He's seeing and hearing things that, as it turns out, are not really happening. But his girlfriend and others in the building are experiencing the same hallucinations involving a resident cop who may have beaten his wife to death. So what's the scoop?
That's where the movie falters. It does a decent enough job of building things and planting clues, but in any movie of this sort everything usually builds to a punchline. Here the punchline never comes. The movie just sort of stops and things aren't resolved.
This has a lot going for it. The performances are good. The set direction is great. The building where most events take place is an old New York City building long in need of repair. Everything has a run down, decrepit feeling to it which adds to the overall sense of despair. The shuddering, Japanese style, ghostly apparitions have been overplayed in too many horror movies as of late. Thank God they keep it to a minimum here. But, overall, this has a good look and feel to it. The music score is good and, overall, it's a very professional effort. Had the producers figured a way to provide a more satisfying ending, this would be worth another star.
The only flaw to me was with the main actor, so I gave it four stars. His acting was o.k., he just didn't make his character real enough to bring out any empathy in the viewer.
'The Echo' is not your typical ghost/paranormal/horror movie. Yet it still has just enough elements of all three. I don't want to say too much about the movie because I don't want to give anything away or spoil it for others. What I will say is this has every element of every scary movie, every ghost movie, and every creepy paranormal movie. The only difference is it's done in a way that actually has a point and real meaning beyond a curse or an angry spirit terrorizing ppl just for the sake of being creepy.
There's a real sense of purpose and meaning to what's going on that we don't find out until the end. Anyone who says this movie is predictable is wrong. I highly and strongly recommend 'The Echo' for anyone who likes this genre to begin with. But the twist will leave you thinking long after the movie is over. Definitely worth adding to any movie collection.
The movie finally escalates when he intervenes in a domestic issue that takes place in the adjacent apartment. The film has a haunting "Juon" quality about it. My biggest complaint is that the build-up is too slow. I got bored waiting for this film to take off. Jesse Bradford plays a rather lame Bobby.
F-bomb, No sex, or nudity. Violence to women.
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For a scary movie, this was decent. It was too long drawn out though.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wanted to like this more...but there's way to many gaps and no closure. A hearty: meh.Published 4 months ago by Steve Coulson
Very slow movie, not scary to me at all, even the scariest parts were HO HUM. Lead actor is wooden, even places where a normal person would have showed a lot of emotion, he's like... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Angry Al
I loved the movie, but then again I've always loved Jesse Bradford.Published 10 months ago by Colby I. Beck
Good movie though you understand too soon what's actually going on. Watchable but no surprises.Published 13 months ago by itigger