Blu-ray Review: ‘Echoes’

Anna (Kate French) is a young writer; struggling with crippling insomnia, sleep paralysis, and hallucinations. On the verge of a breakdown she retreats with her boyfriend to an isolated house. Her hallucinations start to become stronger and Anna soon finds herself stuck between losing her mind or discovering just what is happening to her.

‘Echoes’ is a low-budget psychological thriller, which means that it relies on more old school methods such as audio and visual cues to create atmosphere and scares. These typical bump-in-the-night effects do get the job done, and for at least the first half of the movie things look pretty good; unfortunately, it kind of falls apart at the end once a resolution/explanation becomes necessary.

The plot is something that has been used before, which does make it somewhat predictable. There are a few twists here and there, but while they may surprise viewers they also feel like letdowns and copouts.

For a psychological thriller the main character, Anna, comes across as one-dimensional and flat. She is supposed to be messed up. She has a lot of issues as documented in the film, yet there is nothing to her character. Her problems feel like purposeful plot points rather than the quirks of the person the film is supposed to detail. This not only makes it hard to care about what happens to Anna, but it also makes the plot feel overly forced.

‘Echoes’ is a psychological thriller with a good build-up, but a let down of an ending that makes the entire experience feel like a waste.

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