In "Earth to Echo," memories of childhood blur with the nostalgia of the 1980s movies that made an impact on director Dave Green's formative years. Reminiscent of J.J. Abrams' 2011 picture, "Super 8," with a modern, effectively used found-footage bent, the film incorporates plot elements from 1982's "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," 1985's "The Goonies" and 1986's "Stand by Me" in an affectionate if derivative medley. A sci-fi adventure with more interest in the truths of being thirteen years old than in its otherworldly storyline, the project's sincerest moments are not surprisingly skewed toward the former coming-of-age material.
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