What if the goofy gang from The Goonies found an owl-like extraterrestrial robot (Bubo? - Ed.) roosting in an old barn? That's the tone and texture of Relativity Media's Earth To Echo, a new feel-good found-footage film that perfectly captures the sense of sublime awe and youthful wonder so eloquently articulated in the Steven Spielberg movies of the '70s and '80s. Directed by Dave Green, the E.T.-ish tale is full of precocious kids on bikes, ominous government thugs and a cute blue-eyed alien bird in peril. It's well-worn territory for sure, but with sharp performances, a digital twist and a fast pace, it could be a nice summer sleeper.
Here's the official synopsis:
After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. The epic, suspenseful and exciting journey that follows will change all of their lives forever.
Earth To Echo stars Teo Halm, Brian "Astro" Bradley, Reese Hartwig and Ella Linnea Wahlestedt. It buzzes into theaters on July 2, 2014.
Are you on board for this familiar fantasy or have you taken this PG-rated, pre-teen trip before?