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Echelon Conspiracy (2009)

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At first, the strange phone messages promised great wealth. Soon, though, government agents pursue the young engineer receiving them around the world.

Director:

Greg Marcks

Writers:

Michael Nitsberg (screenplay), Kevin Alyn Elders (screenplay) (as Kevin Elders) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane West ... Max Peterson
Edward Burns ... John Reed
Ving Rhames ... Agent Dave Grant
Jonathan Pryce ... Mueller
Amara Zaragoza ... Kamila (as Tamara Feldman)
Yuriy Kutsenko ... Russian General
Sergey Gubanov ... Yuri Malanin
Martin Sheen ... Raymond Burke
Ilan Goodman ... Dennis
Todd Jensen ... Agent Fletcher
Steven Elder ... Charles
Sandra De Sousa ... Female Casino Tech
Greg Donaldson ... Casino Tech
Andrea Enright ... NSA Tech #2
Trevor White ... Paul Spencer
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Storyline

Max Peterson is a globe-trotting techno-whiz who installs security systems on computers. He receives an anonymous gift: a phone which sends messages that enable him to win at a casino. Max soon finds himself pursed by hit men, the casino's security chief, and a CIA operative. Who's sending Max messages? Previous recipients of similar windfalls have ended up dead. After a couple of close scrapes, Max realizes he's in danger, so he tries to find out the root of the conspiracy - which seems to have access to every security camera in the world - before he's the next victim. Why is this happening to him, and who can he trust? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, some sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

27 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gift See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$500,154, 1 March 2009

Gross USA:

$500,154
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In some global markets "Echelon Conspiracy" was released with the title "The Gift." See more »

Goofs

During the scene where echelon is upgrading itself, Raymond Burke's suit and tie changes from gray with a striped tie to brown with a polka-dotted tie and then back again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Curator: Everything okay down there?
Max Peterson: Piece a cake.
Curator: That locks it?
Max Peterson: Yep, centuries of Thai history, safe as Fort Knox. Watch, uh,
[removes a panel]
Max Peterson: Relax, I'm a professional.
Max Peterson: [causes a massive short] Okay, now your servers are down because of a power surge, a grid malfunction, or maybe even a bomb. Now, if the intruder tries to reboot your servers or access the data, he'll always hit this screen.
[login screen]
Max Peterson: This is your BIOS-level password. Without it, nothing works in this room.
[...]
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Soundtracks

Helicopter
Written by Russell Lissack (uncredited), Gordon Moakes (uncredited), Kele Okereke (uncredited) and Matt Tong (uncredited)
Performed by Bloc Party
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Doesn't deserve the bad reviews.
30 March 2009 | by r-chrystalSee all my reviews

Firstly, let me say that the reviewers giving this film one star can't possibly have seen a truly bad movie. This is by no means mind-blowing, but is a OK attempt at the spy-thriller genre. It brings in some new aspects with regards to storyline, but ultimately coming of cliché'd and slightly cheesy.

The acting as OK, but i never base a film on it's acting unless it is visibly terrible, which this isn't. However, the scripting could have been massively improved just by taking out the attempted humour, which ultimately fails and leaves the film looking childish. The storyline starts off fairly strongly, and is fairly enjoyable to watch. However, it is clearly a copy of Eagle Eye/other similar films, but with a lower budget.

It's only let down is when the conspiracy is uncovered, leading to an ending that is resolved in a very cliché manor, which is a shame, as it could have made the movie more enjoyable if new aspects were brought in, giving it a better twist. Also, some of the characters play seemingly, very confused roles, switching sides from 'good' to 'bad' with no real explanation as such.

However, if you enjoyed films like Eagle Eye, Minority Report, The Island etc etc, then definitely give this a try. It isn't quite as good, but well worth the look if you fancy an easy to watch tech-based film. 6/10


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