Sunday, May 25, 2014

Echo, The - Review - @BrandonCSites


Echo, The (2008) **
D: Yam Laranas
C: Jesse Bradford, Kevin Durand, Amelia Warner, Jamie Bloch, Hrant Alianak, Iza Calzado, Jayne Eastwood, Carlos Leon, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

Plot Synopsis: A young man, released on parole, goes to live in his deceased mother's apartment, but starts to hear odd noises and a strange couple that seem to fight all day. And that’s just the beginning of things. 

Review: The Echo is at its best when it keeps things ambiguous and uses sound as its medium to create some terrifying scenarios. In the film, we watch as Jesse Bradford's character hears some mighty strange things going on. We don't know what's going on when these strange, inexplicable noises are occurring, other then it can't be nothing good, especially since this is a horror film! During these scenes, my mind ran wild trying to figure out what's going and the suspense became more real and tension mounted.

...But like most films, The Echo feels that it's duty to explain what's going on ....again and again. That's when they pull out the CGI and start to physically visualize things. This causes the film to lose its effectiveness. A horror film that forces the viewer to conceptualize what's going by presenting an on screen image and/ or visual is never going to be as effective as the image that a viewer paints in their mind when they hear something and try imagine what's happening.

The Echo starts out interestingly and is by all means a watchable film. Ultimately though, it reverts to typical ghost story cliches and, in the process, it becomes another standard haunted house film. [R] 96 mins.

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