March 08, 2009
Review - " Echelon Conspiracy " - (in Theaters) By Roland Hansen
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Directed By: Greg Marcks
Starring: Shane West, Edward Burns, Ving Rhames, Martin Sheen, Tamara
Mysterious cell phone messages promise a young American engineer, Max
Peterson, untold wealth, then make him the target of a deadly international plot.
Dangerous security operatives chase Max across the globe, while a powerful
government official pursues a mysterious agenda that threatens the stability of
the entire world
There is nothing truly original about "Echelon Conspiracy". This movie is
basically identical to last years "Eagle Eye" with a bit of "Enemy of the State"
and even "War Games" thrown in. "Echelon Conspiracy" is not particularly
exciting. There's a couple decent shootouts, a bit of action, and a fairly generic
plot. Echelon isn't bad really, it's well constructed and well acted but nothing we
haven't already seen. The final resolution uses the Nomad/M-5 solution to end
the crisis. You Star Trek fans will know what I'm talking about.
There are a couple of very gorgeous location shots of Prague and the Kremlin
What comes after the climax of the film is an interesting bit. The very end even goes so far as to suggest that the Russians
are the good guys and America the bad guys. Sort of an interesting twist and fully believable in the context of the movie and
even in the real world. No matter how much we all want to believe that we're good and the other guy is evil it's not always
that straight forward. The lines are often blurred and it's not always that black and white.
Overall skip Echelon and rent the other (better) films I mentioned earlier.
You'll be walking out of this one. I little nudity might have helped.