Stir Of Echoes 2: The Homecoming
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Rob Lowe's acting was good and believable but that's where it ends. The movie opens with Rob Lowe's character commanding a troop in Iraq that accidentally kills a van loaded with a family trying to escape. An rpg explodes, Rob's character is hit, his friend is predictively killed and he is sent home after waking from a coma still suffering from the guilt of killing an innocent family. From there it only gets worse with what I think the director wanted as a twist comes off as simple confusion.
The first movie was so good, it's too bad they used the same name for this movie because anyone who has never seen the original Stir of Echos prior to watching this one won't bother to watch it when they should.
My take, you can safely skip this one.
Stir of Echoes: Homecoming attempts to capitalize on the original without much more in common than it being about a ghost trying to tell a tortured protagonist something. Which is pretty much the plot of every ghost story ever.
United States National Guard captain Ted Cogan's (Rob Lowe) command goes awry while serving in Iraq. Cogan orders an allied tank to fire a warning shot at a vehicle approaching his checkpoint, but due to a miscommunication the tank fires ON the vehicle, killing everyone in it except for a young girl who is subsequently killed in a separate RPG attack. Wounded, Cogan wakes up from a coma back in the States.
Cogan comes home to a family strained by the tolls of the Iraq war; wife Molly (Marnie McPhail) works double shifts to pay the bills, Max (Ben Lewis) has taken up smoking and hangs with a bad crowd, and Cogan grapples with his PTSD. To make matters worse, a burning ghost and visions of murder and suicide bedevil Cogan at every turn. The identity of the ghost is not so clear cut.
Homecoming bridges the gap between civilian and military lives, bringing the war home so to speak, through the paranormal.Read more ›
If you're anti American you might enjoy it.
Rob Lowe plays Ted Cogan a vet returning from the invasion of Iraq, where in the "fog of war" he inadvertently kills a family including a young girl. Upon his return home he becomes increasingly haunted by visions of the Iraqi dead and the young girl, until it carries over into his life and starts affecting his family.
The most expensive thing in "Stir of Echoes 2" seems to be Rob Lowe, who they expected to bring the same star draw that Kevin Bacon brought to the original, but Lowe out acts the rest of the cast and seems the only believable characterization.
The special features includes a commentary with the director, Ernie Barbarash, and a behind the scenes documentary, and deleted scenes but once you get that far you don't care enough about the movie or the characters to be interested.
However, this "Stir of Echoes" is unexpectedly, seriously good in another way. It very movingly portrays some of the tragedy and trauma coming out of the War in Iraq, actually doing a better job of this than many of the documentaries I've seen on the subject.
The movie also takes an interesting turn. It rises above predictability and builds into some very telling character study.
The film already seems to be a little dated in its portrayal of U.S. citizens' tendency to stereotype all Middle Eastern Muslims just after 9/11. Thankfully, most Americans seem to have gotten beyond such corrosive, knee-jerk prejudice.
In addition to the more major charge that can be brought against this film for projecting some rather ludicrous apparitions - there are a few minor distractions about "Echoes 2." For one thing, Rob Lowe seems miscast - not in his role as U.S. soldier fighting in Iraq - but in his role as father to the young man he's trying to discipline at home. Lowe just seems too young to be this actor's father. I persistently wanted to transfer Lowe himself into the James Dean-like role of troubled, rebelling son.
Also, the extras on the DVD aren't very good. The Director's Commentary doesn't add much to the understanding of the film or its making, and you can probably skip it.Read more ›
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I love Rob Lowe. But I loved tbe original Stir of Echoes, and found this 'sequel' subpar and just sad. Lowe's performance is good. Read morePublished 1 day ago by CSDNYC
not so good. Tough to follow up on Kevin Bacon's act in the first movie.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Good for a night watching but don't expect it to be as good as the first one. It was meh at best.Published 5 months ago by Ral
Awful compared to the first one which was excellent. Don't waste your time on part 2.Published 14 months ago by Day