Ex-con Bobby moves into his recently deceased mother’s apartment and soon starts hearing and seeing a police officer beating and killing his family--the problem is nobody lives there. After trying to get involved, he finds himself cursed with seeing and hearing the ghosts of the family. If that sounds vaguely familiar it could be because this film, which is a remake of Filipino horror movie Sigaw, is very similar to The Grudge, the remake of the Japanese horror movie Ju-on. The problem with this movie, other than being so similar to The Grudge, is that is not nearly as good or scary.
It certainly has the similar slow build (a standard among Asian horror) but the payoff for the wait is a letdown. Jesse Bradford (Cherry Falls, Flags of Our Fathers) is tolerable as Bobby, but Amelia Warner (Aeon Flux) as his girlfriend comes off as whiny and just irritating. Pruitt Taylor Vince (Identity, Beautiful Girls) is the best actor in the film and plays the most interesting character, but sadly he is not in it much. The Echo is not a terrible movie, but it’s not a particularly good movie either.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 5