Silly Action Nonsense
Release Date: February 27, 2009
Starring: Shane West, Ed Burnes, Ving
Rhames, and Martin Sheen
Genre: Action Thriller
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: After Dark Films
Director: Greg Marcks
Executive Producer: Charles V. Bender, Navid
McIlhargey, and Johnathan
Producer: Alexander Leyviman, Steve
Richards, and Roee Sharon
Writer: Michael Nitsberg and Kevin
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The movie opens with a woman following text message directions to her death in a subway tunnel. Then Max (Shane West), a computer security specialist, receives an anonymous gift of an amazingly modern cell phone. The phone begins sending him text messages that show him how to make huge sums of money in the stock market and at a casino. His astounding success at the casino brings John (Edward Burns) from casino security and Dave (Ving Rhames) from the FBI down on his case.
Everyone, from the NSA, to the Casino owner, to the Russians, wants to know who is sending the text messages. The competition to get the answer becomes violent, includes a scene of seduction, and lots of the usual car chases and shootouts. Sadly, the premise is so outlandish that, when the villain is revealed, the movie’s credibility completely falls apart. The final scene is a laughable politically correct twist.
Highly successful thrillers, like the INDIANA JONES movies, are not filled with foul language and sex. They appeal to a broader audience and often even have a moral or biblical message. ECHELON CONSPIRACY comes across as politically correct silliness pretending to be serious action drama.
The pace is quick in ECHELON CONSPIRACY, the story implausible, and the content grounds for “save your money.”Sadly, the storyline is so outlandish that, when the villain is revealed, the movie’s credibility completely falls apart. The final scene is a laughable politically correct twist.