"Earth to Echo" is an average family sci-fi film whose special effects and likeable alien friend make it an enjoyable watch for any age. It is obvious that the films target audience is kids and young teens, but the producers created something unique by straying away from the equation that we so often see in stereotypical family films. I can understand those who criticize the film for cheesy dialogue and way too many parallels to “E.T.” (particularly the film poster and the entire storyline), but its artistic approach to the story puts it a step above other family films. It uses modern internet technology to support its found footage format and I hope that this creative approach will help to mold a more sophisticated generation of moviegoers and moviemakers. The acting isn’t on par with movies like “Super 8” that are driven by child actors, but the film reminded me of “Chronicle” in its ability to make the supernatural believable through the melding of shaky camera and CGI. “Earth to Echo” isn’t going to win any Oscars, but it successfully servers its purpose and I will definitely share it with my own children someday.
[Pictured: The owl-like Echo is so cute that you can't help but enjoy this film]