Confession: I didn't think director J.J. Abram's 2011 PG-13 sci-fi film, Super 8, was all that special. I know a lot of people loved it for its wondrous journey told through the eyes of young science geeks, but I was and am still very meh on it. It's like a 6th grade science experiment put on film: tons of heart with poor execution.
But those of you who did enjoy it may also appreciate the similarly premised EARTH TO ECHO, the upcoming adventure/sci-fi film for young audiences (and others) that follows a group of kids whose lives are turned upside down once they encounter a real-life alien. More:
Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever.
What makes this project stand out a bit more, ironically, is that there seems to be zero big-name talent involved in it. Instead, it gives the impression of authenticity in its novice cast (played by Brian "Astro" Bradley, Ella Linnea Wahlestedt, Reese Hartwig, Teo Halm) and first time full-length feature director Dave Green and debut film scribe Henry Grayden. In this case, the freshness of the talent may work to the film's advantage and ultimate success.
Check out a few new images from the film:
Watch the trailer:
I'm definitely intrigued. What do you think?
EARTH TO ECHO hits theaters July 2nd.