Echoes of “E.T.”
Leslie - wrote on 07/08/14
Part "E.T.", part "Goonies," "Earth to Echo" perfectly blends the experience of children encountering an alien and uniting to save their neighborhood from bulldozers into one movie. Alex, Munch, Tuck and Emma embark on this quest as a foursome intent on evading government agents who want to destroy Echo, the alien robot who sends signals to the kids’ cell phones in order to find and rebuild its spaceship.
Long gone are the days of E.T.’s Speak and Spell phone and treasure maps that lead to “One-Eyed” Willy’s ship. These "Earth to Echo" kids are new millennium adventurers who are tech-savvy enough to not only communicate with Echo, but record their whole journey on camera. And although no child actor can ever be as adorable as Gertie (Drew Barrymore) freaking out at first seeing E.T., or hilarious as Chunk (Jeff Cohen) doing the “Truffle Shuffle,” Munch (Reese Hartwig) comes pretty close. But what do I know? I grew up in the 1980s.