Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 4 out of 5
  1. 42
    Unlike, say, "Eagle Eye," Echelon Conspiracy doesn't put enough conviction behind its stupidity. It's mostly just bland.
  2. 38
    Echelon Conspiracy is a more evocative title than a movie this stupid deserves.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    All Echelon can offer is some wobbly action and views of Red Square.
  4. Reviewed by: Joel Brown
    There's nothing in Echelon Conspiracy as suspenseful or entertaining as your average episode of "24."
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Given the passivity of computer use, the "hacker thriller" is film history's great running joke, but special attention should go to Echelon Conspiracy's authors for conceiving a climax that tries to juice tension out of someone using a search engine and staring at a download countdown.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. JayH
    Jul 16, 2009
    Incredibly far fetched but it does have it's suspenseful moments and a few good action scenes. The cast is mediocre, Ed Burns is the most convincing. Good location filming. Still, there are far too many coincidences. Full Review »
  2. May 31, 2013
    For the first 40 minutes, I was mesmerized by this film. The beginning was as thrilling and intriguing as any film I'd seen all year, but after that, the big secret is revealed and it became almost a shot for shot remake of Eagle Eye. It was seriously ridiculous how the two stories became almost exactly alike. Realizing this, the writers decided to throw in a big twist at the end, that might have saved the film had it made even a single bit of sense. Echelon Conspiracy begins with computer programer, Max Petersen (Shane West), anonymously receiving a brand new, state of the art, cell phone in the mail. The phone gives him instructions which lead to him winning a lot of money. Everything is going great for Max, until he disobeys the phones wishes and the FBI shows up. Shane West was fantastic in this film, it really makes me wonder why he doesn't do more stuff like this. West seems to prefer romantic dramas, but is clearly missing his true calling. After seeing a performance like this, I'd easily put him at the top of the list for any major action film. West was paired in this film with Edward Burns who was terrific and Ving Rhames who was Ving Rhames. I say that, because sometimes he's the perfect fit for a role and other times, he couldn't be more out of place, a perfect example of which is his role in this film. As I said, this movie starts out great, but becomes exactly like Eagle Eye, I would venture to say that the two films are so much a like that the producers of Eagle Eye have a case for copyright infringement, it really was that close. Besides that, the film was a decent action film, with some nice performances. Had I not seen Eagle Eye, I may have thought more of this film, but as it stands, Echelon Conspiracy is just another low budget rip off of a semi-decent major motion picture and not much else. Full Review »
  3. CarstenM.
    Jul 30, 2009
    This movie is abysmal. To say that the twists in the plot are unbelievable is a gross understatement. The whole story is absolutely ludicrous to begin with. The acting is terrible. How the hell did Martin Sheen get in there? Is he the token 'guy with a name' actor for this movie? The only thing I concede is that it seems well produced. But then why would anyone waste a budget on a story and actors like this is beyond me... Who the hell is the guy in the main role? He has about as many facial expressions in his repertoire as Steven Seagal. By far the worst movie I've seen in a while. Stay away. Full Review »