ECHOES is one of those curious films that I have a hard time defining. It’s part horror, part thriller, part mystery, and even part informative semi-documentary. And yes, it’s entertaining for the most part to boot. But with that being said, it’s not as enthralling as I wanted it to be. From the hype I had heard about it, I was honestly expecting more. Still, I do recommend it, although it’s less horror and more of a thriller.
If you are not familiar with ECHOES, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:
Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, a young writer retreats with her boyfriend to an isolated desert house. As the visions intensify, she finds herself on the verge of losing her mind…or uncovering a life-threatening secret.
I have to commend director Nils Timm for what has been accomplished with this debut. From a production standpoint, the film looks great. The cinematography is tight, the acting is top notch, and the film overall is well made. The only lagging piece is the story. Granted, it’s written well, but there’s just something missing from it.
As I mentioned, ECHOES is shot well and is visually beautiful onscreen. The desert scenery is amazing, and it really captures the desolate and lonely atmosphere the film is trying to portray.
Also, the acting is great, too, with Kate French and Steven Brand in the lead roles. I’ve watched both actors in prior works, and I have been impressed with everything I’ve seen. The supporting cast (as small as it is) does a fine job as well.
The story in ECHOES, however, just didn’t excite me that much. It had a couple of interesting portions, but I found it predictable and saw the ‘big reveal’ coming from far off. Don’t get me wrong: it is well paced and fleshed out for the most part…but it’s just lacking something, a specific spark of major interest.
Although I have reservations about the storyline, I still recommend ECHOES. It is a slow-burn thriller that does keep you entertained, even if you can see what’s coming from the start. And I do hope to see more from director Nils Timm in the future. ECHOES is available now in a variety of formats.