Great suspense thriller, MUST SEE (by incognito005)
This movie is in the vein of Eagle Eye, though told from a somewhat different perspective. Its a fun movie to watch, and it doesn't bore you with technical babble that only a computer geek would understand. I don't want to spoil the plot twist or anything, but lets just say there's a lot of sex, drama, and action in this movie, and the script keeps up the pace. The main character Max essentially falls into a bonanza when he receives a surprise gift, which eventually has him running from guys with guns, flying around the world, and making love to a sexy Mediterranean beauty. You <more>
The Best Movie - Ignore negative reviews (by eshananas)
One of the best surveillance type of movie just like Person of interest. If you enjoyed that TV show, you will enjoy this one for sure!Ignore negative reviews - go for it :
I enjoyed this movie a lot (by chmueller)
I would like to have the smartphone this guy gets ... it is so beautiful. I came across this movie by coincidence while zapping through TV channels. Great idea, very entertaining and an unexpected end. After reading many of those reviews here - "this is a copy of Eagles Eye" - I thought, great, another movie like this, I must see it. But honestly, I could not watch "Eagles Eye" to the end. It was too boring. So ... no. Both movies are based on a similar idea like other movies: Colossus, I Robot, The Matrix or even Tron , but that's it. Maybe people who have watched <more>
"Eagles Eye" before and loved this movie will not like the "Echelon Conspiracy", I don't know. It is not a deadly serious movie, though. Sometimes a little irony shows and sometimes it made me smile. To me, "Echelon Conspiracy" is one of those few movies I can watch more than one time and enjoy those small details I discover.
I and my wife were impressed by the long cast of veteran actors. They added a lot to the movie. The plot seemed very realistic in today's age, with just the right amount science fiction to spice it up. The plot and acting was good. So many films today are nothing but non-stop, mindless action and no plot or character development. This had plenty of action, but also character development.There was an unexpected twist at the end.The plot reminded me of a Startrek episode and parts of "Colossus, the Forbin Project" of many years back, which starred Julie Christie.We need more <more>
movies to be made as well as this one. If you don't see it, I think you'll be sorry.Those reviewers who reported they didn't like it seemed to either have had an agenda or were just having a bad day.
May contain spoilers, however, I only will speak in generalities, I will try not to ruin the punchlines.This film is similar to other films that contain technology as a significant character. While some of the technical aspects of what is finally described is beyond the scope of plausibility, as a work of fiction, it works just fine.I found the characters to be more interesting than similar movies that have come out from Hollywood in the last two years. This film relies more on characters and settings than in special effects, and as such, it is a better story, all around.Some of the way the <more>
story evolves is somewhat curious and mysterious, and the setting of Europe primarily is much more interesting than some of the settings of similar movies. It would be an even better sell if we had more foreign actors and characters, but I will be thankful for any evolution in movies towards moving away from an Americocentric viewpoint.Don't get me wrong, America, the US, etc. is important, but it isn't the entire world, and it would be a major innovation if Hollywood would start thinking this way. Other than the obvious reasons, it would serve both the American viewers by providing a glimpse at the rest of the world, a type of vacation, which is one reason people go to movies, and the foreign viewers by providing a familiar environment, and tying into the cultural diversity that is much richer overseas. This could also provide material for a richer, more fully fleshed story.
The producers and directors should have done their homework better, and started the movie with some famous quotes of computer people and hackers in the know, like Sun Microsystems' Bill Joy who wrote in the April 2000 issue of Wired magazine an article "Why the future doesn't need us" and claimed that computers will eventually become more intelligent than we are, leading to scenarios like a robot rebellion or .... echelon taking control ... This scenario is also covered inside "The Listening", but there humans still remain in final control. There's some <more>
pointers that "Echelon Conspiracy" is pretty close to reality. In Feb 2009 a new movie was announced in the Netherlands as 'Coming soon'. It's title : "The Gift". In July of the same year it was released on DVD only, in the Netherlands but with the title "Echelon Conspiracy", clearly a name change to steer the grand public away from this one. Considering that a lot of essential story telling is handled in a popcorn fashion, leading the remaining audience astray from the real issues, should trigger alarm bells with people who aught to know, like computer security experts, and people who do know, like computer hackers. Highly interesting is the part where anonymous people are sent into casinos to rip entire blackjack tables empty, leading to catastrophic national deficits, which was also MI6's major concern in the Bond movie Casino Royale of 2006, a year before the credit crunch ...
I watched "The Echelon Conspiracy" last night and found it to be a fun escapism movie. Much better than "Eagle Eye" however...The casting was horrible. Lead actor, Shane West was just dreadful - and I have enjoyed his work in other roles. And, Edward Burns as a casino boss that's an ex-FBI agent - totally unbelievable. His wimpy little voice commands no authority in this role.All in all, the movie was fun but I can definitely see why it did not get a big U.S. release since "Eagle Eye" is probably still in everyone's mind and the miscasting of actors for <more>
This movie, for the budget, is a very good movie. It is very underrated despite its poor rating. It does take a while to get into, but once you understand the main premise behind the movie, it is fantastic.Plus, the girl in the movie Tamara Feldman is absolutely gorgeous and needs to be in more movies.This movie is a better, lower budgeted version of "Limitless" Bradley Cooper ; different variable, same premise. It's the same as comparing "Equilibrium" to "The Matrix". "Equilibrium" has a lower budget, and is a better movie than "The <more>
Matrix".This movie is definitely worth watching, even though the main actors voice is tough to get used to.
Echelon Conspiracy is an extremely suspenseful thriller in the vein of Enemy of the State. It revolves around a nerdy computer expert who gets entangled in a web of intrigue when he gets a cell phone in the mail from an anonymous source. From then on it is non-stop action as the mystery unfolds. This all star cast powerhouse joy ride is the perfect film to rent on video and play on a big screen TV. It will keep you guessing from beginning to end as a thousand bullets ricochet and fireballs explode. All the way up until the end you won't know who is who or what everyone's motivations <more>
are. In the tradition of the great early 1970s action movies there are hokey love scenes, corny dialog, and car chases galore, and this is what makes it so pulp and fun. I found Echelon Conspiracy to be more enjoyable than Eagle Eye or War Games and I found the direction to be flawless. Thanks. I needed to see a good movie and this one didn't disappoint.