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  • Actors: Shane West, Edward Burns, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Pryce, Tamara Feldman
  • Directors: Greg Marcks
  • Writers: Kevin Elders, Michael Nitsberg
  • Producers: Alexander Leyviman, Charles V. Bender, John Corser, Jonathan Tzachor, Navid McIlhargey
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: July 21 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00274SIUQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,929 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Landry on Aug. 20 2009
Format: DVD
If you like action, spies and suspense in a movie, this is the one for you! The casting is strong and so is the script. Even though this is similar to EAGLE EYE, it has his own cachet and the storyline is not quite going in the same direction. I enjoyed this film so much that I've seen it twice already and would not hesitate to watch it again. Money well spent in my opinion. It will be part of my top movies this year for sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 20 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Max Peterson (Shane West) a computer security installer who remembers backdoor passwords in case something goes wrong is just finishing a project. He receives a mysterious FedEx package that he did not order. It contains a new cell phone of the type that is not even on the market yet. Upon turning it on it immediately precedes to save his life and is in the process of making him a millionaire. This looks like fun so he goes with the flow. Little did he know that he is part of some sort of global conspiracy. Will he find out what it is in time to live long enough to spend those millions?

This is very noisy movie with lots of promising heavy sounds and whatnot luckily you can hear the dialog thralldom sound. There is lots of action and it is actually quite fun to watch. There is no real depth to this story yet the twists and turns are fun to watch. There is the obligatory sex scene, which seems out of place and is not that racy. Much of the dialogue and scenarios are lifted from previous films. One that comes to mind is the end of "War Games" were the computer has to play tic-tac-toe with itself to realize that there is no acceptable move but not to play. This could also bring to mind the Star Trek episode where the computer realizes that he is destroying the very people he is supposed to protect. There is also a dash of "Colossus the Forbin project."

In any event, it is fun to watch the interaction twin the fresh new actors and some of the seasoned ones.

Just a note I saw the Blu-ray version and was amazed at the lack of DVD extras. Not even the voice over commentary that tries to justify.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
hardly revolutionary, but a fun thrill ride nonetheless May 8 2009
By AIROLF - Published on
Format: DVD
Very similar to last year's "Eagle Eye," but with Shane West instead of Shia LaBeouf. This movie has a bit more intelligent script, but contains a lot less special effects (although there are several pretty good car chases). The theme of the U.S. government creating a machine for "national security" that then turns against them is nothing new and hardly science fiction these days, but the movies about it seem to be abundant. "Echelon Conspiracy" doesn't strike too far from the herd but it's still quite entertaining.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Let the Mystery Unfold Aug. 24 2011
By Lee Armstrong - Published on
Format: DVD
"Echelon Conspiracy" is a fairly good thriller. Director Greg Marcks who won an academy award as a student keeps the pace brisk and the mystery unfolding. Of the actors, Tamara Feldman comes across the best IMHO. She plays Kamila. From the first moments where she bumps into Max in a hotel hallway, we know she is not all she appears to be. Feldman, who has done lots of recent TV from "Gossip Girls," "Royal Pains" & "One Tree Hill," gives the character depth. Her reaction frames as she slouches wounded against the bathroom wall are powerful. Shane West, who I have been enjoying on the series "Nikita," plays the lead Max Peterson. He allows the story to be more interesting than his character's reaction to events. The flat performance doesn't give much of a springboard on which the film can rebound. Edward Burns who I actually did see in "27 Dresses" plays John Reed, the casino security and ex-agent. Martin Sheen's Raymond Burke is the bad guy bureaucrat who raves and twitches in Washington DC. Ving Rhames doesn't have as much to do as he did in "Mission Impossible II," but adequately goes through the paces. Jonathan Pryce who has been in numerous "Pirates of the Caribbean" films plays his usual ruthless tycoon. Sergey Gubanov plays the computer whizz Yuri Melanin in what is a great role for the young actor, allowing him to show several different layers. If you like the espionage genre, this is a good flick to kick back and just let it entertain you. Enjoy!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
ONE CALL, THAT'S ALL Sept. 9 2012
By THE MOVIE GUY - Published on
Format: DVD

The film starts out as an excellent thriller/mystery in spite of the lead being Shane West. Shane stars as Max "glass jaw" Peterson a man who installs programs in computers to prevent hackers. Max gets a strange phone that sends him text messages which saves his life and gives him money. We also know the government is after this device and other people have received such a phone and have died from following its instructions. At this point the film is an excellent thriller/mystery.

There are few suspects and clues in this production and then we find out who's the culprit and the film becomes boring. Max saves the day from a stunt he saw in "War Games" or if you prefer, the Star Trek episode "The Changeling." At this point I groaned. Perhaps if you have never seen either of those two productions, this might seem pretty darn good. As for me, I got bored when I realized you could kill the "bad guy" by tripping over the plug.

Ving Rhames always does a good character job. Outside of that, the film lacked. Might work as a rental. Better than most of the "Red Box" action.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bombs, no nudity, brief love scene.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Needs Originality and a Better Title March 19 2010
By Tsuyoshi - Published on
Format: DVD
In "The Echelon Conspiracy," a technological thriller presented by Dark Castle Entertainment, a computer security expert Max Peterson (Shane West) gets strange text messages in his cell phone. The latest model cell phone is in fact an anonymous gift he receives at a Bangkok hotel, and to his great surprise, the text messages really foretell the future events like stock market prices.

The unknown sender of the messages orders Max to fly to a Prague casino, where he is offered a chance to be rich quickly. Of course, he wouldn't let this opportunity go, but some people are not very happy about that. Max is pursued by the casino's security chief John Reed (Ed Burns) and an FBI agent Dave Grant (Ving Rhames). Apparently, Max realizes, he is not the only one who had received these strange messages, and some of those who had followed the phone's suggestions are already dead.

[MILD SPOILER INCLUDED in this paragraph] I believe the similarity is accidental, but "The Echelon Conspiracy" made me feel like watching "Eagle Eye" again. And perhaps "War Game," too. The difference is that D.J. Caruso, director of the surprise hit starring Shia LaBeouf, knew how to handle the action scenes more competently. There are a car chase and a shoot-out in "Echelon Conspiracy," but the badly edited stunts lack thrills and, with all respect to those who got involved, sometimes even look amateurish.

Maybe director Greg Marcks ("11:14") is not ready for action films of this scale. Acting is not bad, but virtually nothing is done to make their characters interesting, and any attempt for adding much-needed humor is weak at best. Not a terrible film at all, but "The Echelon Conspiracy" needs originality and imagination, as well as a better title.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So-So, but VERY Derivative Thriller... Nov. 14 2009
By Benjamin J Burgraff - Published on
Format: DVD
Anyone who regularly watches recent films will immediately see "Echelon Conspiracy" as more than a bit similar to the thriller, "Eagle Eye" (which had been released 6 months earlier), as both films involve conspiracies involving the government, with innocents forced to participate in the plot via mysterious messages over cellphones. But if your viewing habits encompass a wider range of films, you will also find "Echelon Conspiracy" owes as much to "Enemy of the State", "Wargames", and a number of other suspense films...and the derivative nature of the plot unfortunately defeats a decent cast, and beautiful location work around the world.

While Shane West, with his blue-collar persona, seems an unlikely casting choice as a brilliant engineer, he hasn't suffered from the over-exposure of Shia LaBeouf, and his performance grows on you, as the film progresses. Edward Burns (as an ex-FBI agent/casino security chief) and Ving Rhames (as his FBI ex-partner), both deserve better roles in better films, but do provide solid support for West (although why the FBI would violate it's mandate, and operate actively in Europe, is one of many plotholes in the script). Sexy Tamara Feldman is the obligatory love interest with a secret agenda, and Jonathan Pryce, in a tiny cameo, has fun as Burns' ruthless boss. Then there is villainous Martin Sheen...well, if this film is any indication, he gave up serious acting when "The West Wing" went off the air!

If you are an armchair traveller, you will enjoy the film; Bangkok is gloriously colorful, Prague, rich in 'Old World' charm, and Moscow figures prominently in a high-voltage night car chase. You may wonder about the mountains in the 'Nebraska' finale, but you do get your money's worth in exotic locales.

Ultimately, "Echelon Conspiracy" isn't terrible, and if you are a casual movie watcher, you may enjoy the film. But if you find yourself experiencing déjà vu, don't worry; you HAVE seen all this before!