A few days ago, Paul and I took the littles to a pre-screening of the highly anticipated summertime movie, Earth to Echo.
During our California vacation earlier this month, we saw countless billboards for the movie, so my kids were thrilled at the chance to take a sneak peek! Here’s what Earth to Echo is about:
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.
After I saw the trailer, I immediately flashed back to seeing E.T. in the theater with my friends in 5th grade, so I was excited for my own 5th graders and 3rd graders to check it out!
Earth to Echo is basically a mockumentary of the adventure these kids end up having on their last night together. The movie begins with Tuck, the sort of web-savvy kid in the group, narrating a YouTube video. Like most kids nowadays, my own children are glued to their electronic devices and computers, so they could completely relate to the story of a kid close to their age, creating a documentary from phone, GoPro, and various other video footage and throwing it up on YouTube. The entire movie is supposed to seem like it’s made up of this footage – which makes for a whole lot of shakiness! It’s not quite up there with Blair Witch, but it did take me a minute to get used to the perspective.
As Tuck explains the situation, we start to meet the other characters – Alex is a foster kid who has always felt sort of abandoned and out of place. Munch is kind of the oddball of the group, but they all seem to get along well. The story unfolds with these three kids trying to figure out why their cell phones stop working – something seems to be scrambling up the display. They begin to realize that what their phones are displaying is a map, and they decide to follow it, by sneaking out late at night, and riding their bikes all night into the Nevada desert. They end up on this crazy adventure which kept all four of my kids MESMERIZED. They didn’t look away from the screen the entire time.
Here, check out the trailer:
I LOVED this movie. It felt just like watching The Goonies as a kid. It’s a great adventure movie, and I love the themes about friendship! My kids haven’t stopped talking about Earth to Echo for days now. The PG Rating is probably because it’s a bit scary in certain scenes. It’s perfect for slightly older elementary age kids through middle school – and I think even my older teen would have been entertained by it.
Calling all adventure seekers! Check out the brand new Geocaching EARTH TO ECHO Adventure! Geocaching is a family-friendly activity, where adventure seekers can use an app or GPS on their mobile devices to search for cleverly hidden containers placed in nearby neighborhoods.
If you live near one of these cities, you can go on a Geocaching adventure with Earth To Echo! If not, you can still check out geocaching – it’s a super fun hobby that kids LOVE.
EARTH TO ECHO opens in theaters on July 2nd.