The Echo DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 5.0
Video 9.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features   N/A
Total 6.0

Distributor: Sony
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Reviewer: Felix Staica
Classification
: MA15+

6.0


The Echo

Director Yam Laranas gives us an Americanised rendition of his 2004 Filipino film Sigaw. Jesse Bradford plays Bobby, an ex con released from prison for a noble crime (of sorts) and heading to his deceased mother's apartment. He needs to find work and report periodically to his parole officer to ensure he will not end up back whence he came.

Trying to restitch his life from the point it started fraying, he finds many closed doors or phones hung up. Not many people want to let a criminal in their house, or offer him a job. One exception is former flame Alyssa (Amelia Warner), who grants him attention after some initial resistance.

Something is not right with the old pre-war building Bobby's mother's apartment is in, however. From the dark, gothic hallways to the creepy “super” in charge of the keys, and the agèd solo chess player and mumbler woman on the elevator to nowhere...

His apartment also starts disturbing his sleep. Of course, like any rational person, Bobby takes the sounds as hallucinations then faults in the wall. Only they are not. The curve to madness only increases and he needs help. But what's he seeing? A spectre of domestic violence between a cop, a mother and their daughter.

The Echo tries very hard to be moody and effective, using editing and lighting and all that good stuff to give a damn good fright. Unfortunately, much of it rings hollow. There is no mastery over suspense (which is always aided by subtlety) and the performances are hard to believe as well. The film is used to dress one essential question, or even, point: the alienated morality of the big city. Matching such a hefty proposal with a modest budget and talent was a great ask... I'm more inclined to say schlock can and should be done when shortages exist in production.

One of my favourite movies is Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, which is also set in a sprawling New York apartment building. If you want to see what The Echo should have felt like, look no further. That's not say avoid it completely—just go in prepared.

The audio mix is good and the transfer to DVD is very clean. There are no special features.






 
 



   Games
   PlayStation 4
   XBox One
   PlayStation 3
   XBox 360
   PC
   PS Vita
   Wii U
   Wii
   3DS
   DS
   PSP
   Apple
   Casual
   Android
   Classics

  Movies
   Movies & IMAX
   Blu-ray
   Action
   Anime
   Comedy
   Crime & Thrillers
   Documentaries
   Drama
   Family
   Horror
   Kids
   Lifestyle
   Music
   Romance
   Sci-fi
   Sport

   IT
   PC
   Apple
   Hardware

   Information & Fun
   News
   Interviews
   Articles

   Tara's G-Spot
   Loren's Level
   Comics
   Books
   Mind & Body
   Music
   Competitions
   Community
 








 
 




Impulse Gamer is your source for the
latest Reviews and News on Video Games,
Entertainment, Pop Culture, Hardware &
More!

 


© 2001 - 2014 Impulse Gamer
 

 

About Us | Contact Us