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directed by Brian Feeney
USA 2009

 

News producer April (Alisha Seaton, THE FOURTH KIND) is shocked to learn that her ex-girlfriend Rachel (Angela Landis, ALIEN ABDUCTION) - who she saw drown in the middle of the ocean years ago - has turned up recently as a murder victim until she then receives a letter written by Rachel before her death about "The Echo Project" and possible danger to April's daughter Sarah (Melissa Lee), who is actually Rachel's biological daughter. Scientist Dr. Ann Cassavettes (Judy Clement, DIMENSION) - apparently a reference to John Cassavettes' villain in Brian DePalma's THE FURY - worked with her late husband on the project, which involved gifted children. She failed to steal Rachel's powers and is now after Sarah's powers through the use of mysterious "Echo Game." Jeannie Bolet plays April's effects artist wife and David Ghilardi (BENEATH LOCH NESS) plays a detective investigating Rachel's death. Director Brian Feeney's ESP thriller moves along at a nice clip - without overstaying its welcome at 71 minutes - and features some good performances (although Clement - who should be shouting "Curses!" every time one of her victims eludes her - gets quite a bit of the scenery stuck in her teeth) and a helping of gore (the CGI is typically cheap-looking though) and nudity (since April gets a letter with a chunk of exposition, I can only assume the visit she gets before that from a strange-but-stacked woman [Liliya Czarina] inquiring after Rachel's safety was written in to justify a shower scene and a bloody nude throat slashing early in the film, and a nurse pops her top later in the film). It does sidestep the cliche of the government conspiracy by putting Cassavettes on the FBI most wanted list as a rogue scientist and making the heroine a gay mother happily married to another woman, but the end result is a mish-mash of CARRIE, THE FURY, and THE X-FILES; although the finale falls short of the similar one in THE FURY.

Eric Cotenas

 

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DVD Review: MTI Home Video (screener) - Region 1 - NTSC

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MTI Home Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:13:51
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.11 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MTI Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (16:9; 1:57)

DVD Release Date: 27 September 2011
Amaray

Chapters 2

 

Comments

MTI's screener features an anamorphic, interlaced transfer with 2.0 stereo audio with periodic screener text. The film's trailer is the sole extra and it plays directly before the feature. The press release cites 5.1 audio, a commentary, behind the scenes featurette, trailers, and optional Spanish subtitles.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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