Echelon Conspiracy (movie review)

Although this is an older movie (2009) and I try to review newer films, it was recently added onto Netflix. I thought it would be helpful to review some films that Netflix users could take advantage of or not waste their time with.

Overall Rating- 4 out of 5 stars

Brief Summary- Will not contain spoilers!

Max Peterson (Shane West) is a thriving engineer who receives a package in the mail. Within the package is a cell phone that begins to give him instructions. Hesitantly, he begins to follow the mysterious directions and pleasantly receives fortuitous outcomes. Once he wins almost every game in the casino, suspicion begins to bubble. It does not take long until the instructions become corrupt and troublesome. Next thing he knows he has several groups of people very interested in him and the phone he received.

Brief Review- Will not contain spoilers!

This movie was thrilling from the start. The action prompted heavy anticipation and suspense to formulate throughout the film. The original concept was built upon to form one giant conspiracy of which Shane West served as a suitable center. Although somewhat predictable, I was intrigued by the originality of the concept of the film. It would have been legendary if the execution was slightly altered in terms of storyline timing. The supporting cast also did not help the story- I did not form deep bonds with any of them and felt that they were lacking. However, I did enjoy watching this mystery unfold and believe it is worth the watch, especially for all Netflix owners.

Extended Review:

Although this is an older movie (2009) and I try to review newer films, it was recently added onto Netflix. I thought it would be helpful to review some films that Netflix users could take advantage of or not waste their time with. Here are some reasons why this movie would be worth the watch:

  1. Interesting story- This movie certainly contained twists and turns that made for a fun time. My attention was immediately captured as Max was following the orders of an unknown sender. It was intriguing to watch the casino, FBI, and band of spies get a hold of him and try to figure out what was going on. Each group came at a different time making the viewer go through an intriguing thought process. I had many guesses for what was going on which were all thrown when a new group would get involved. I liked all these moving pieces to the story. I also appreciated the sneaky shifts in characters. Some were predictable but they added to the story as a whole. Once you found out the computer system was flawed, dozens of opportunities for the story popped up. This was a lot of fun to experience as a viewer.
  2. Characters- Shane West was an awesome main character. He played Max well- he was just incapable enough while also just gutsy enough to fulfill the role. I appreciated how his role meant something by the end of the movie as did all who died following instructions of the phone. He had a valuable skillset and was not just a random guy. Martin Sheen was unfortunately a predictable villain and Ving Rhames made a typical trusting agent. In my opinion these were the weakest roles of the film. Tamara Feldman also made for a typical character as the spy Camila. All of the supporting roles dimmed the movie in my view except for Edward Burn’s and Sergey Gubanov’s characters. They were characters that had some mystery and surprise about them.

Morality Rating- 3 out of 5

The violence and sexual content does not make this movie appropriate for children. Older teens would most likely be fine watching this film but the story may frighten fragile minors.

 

 

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