echo 3 is a new action thriller and political drama series. Created by Mark Boal, a total of three episodes, each lasting 45-60 minutes, premiered. The series is based on the award-winning series when heroes fly created by Omri Givon and inspired by the novel of the same name by Amir Gutfreund.
The main characters are Michiel Huisman as Prince, Luke Evans as Bambi and Jessica Ann Collins as Amber. The rest of the cast includes Elizabeth Anweis as Natalie Foster, Fahim Fazli as the al-Qaeda commander, James Udom, Maria Del Rosario, Alejandro Furth, Juan Pablo Raba, Bradley Whitford as Prince’s father, and Martina Gusmán as the prominent political journalist.
The series is directed by Claudia Llosa, Pablo Trapero and Mark Boal. Pau Esteve Birba, Sharone Meir, Blake T. Evans and Conrad W. Hall are the show’s cinematographers and the music is by Christopher Young.
The Apple TV+ synopsis of the series reads:
When brilliant scientist Amber Chesborough goes missing on the Colombia-Venezuelan border, her brother and husband – both elite US Army commandos – fight in the midst of a guerrilla war to find her. Discovering the woman they love might have a secret.
– Echo 3 Review Contains No Spoilers –
The introductory episode starts slowly and takes its time to tell us everything and set the scene. It gives us a fitting overview of the main characters Prince, Bambi and Amber. Bambi and Amber are siblings; Now Prince is her husband. Bambi and Prince are both special ops soldiers. The newly married couple gets separated on the wedding night themselves as the husband has to go on a high-risk rescue mission.
As the episode progresses, they are seen fighting enemies on the high mountains. The use of high tech technology along with realistic weaponry will keep viewers hooked. They use the props and locations appropriately and precisely, making the situations they find themselves in believable to the audience.
Amber, a brilliant scientist trying to find a cure for addiction, heads into the deepest forest in Colombia, but is caught on suspicion by the rebellious militia in the area. Then the story suddenly shifts into a more tense one, and it becomes an emergency rescue operation.
Bambi and Prince are supposed to take the front line to rescue their beloved from the dire situation. The plot in the second episode remains tight throughout. No time is wasted on nonsensical filler scenes and they get straight to the point. The main goal of the series remains constant, which solidifies the storytelling process.
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Also, it is shown that things are a lot more complicated than they seem. The political forces in the game are causing problems in the rescue mission as they refuse to take any action. Prince and Bambi take matters into their own hands and do what is appropriate to save Amber.
The production value of the series is surprisingly high. From the series’ filming locations to the use of lifelike machine guns and military equipment, the series is fresh and extravagant. The director takes full advantage of the high-quality production, which leads to satisfying results.
Lead actors Michiel Huisman, Luke Evans and Jessica Ann Collins deliver wonderful performances. They remain committed to their roles throughout episodes and deliver what the script calls for. The supporting characters also do a commendable job which further enhances the series’ plot.
Using Colombia’s native language, Spanish, is also a good choice. It helps the viewer understand the mindset of people and get a closer look at how they function.
Echo 3 Review: Final Thoughts
The highly intense action thriller series leaves you wanting more. Excellent direction and a tight and to the point plot make the three episodes unforgettable. The audience will be absorbed in the series and eagerly await the next installment.
echo 3 is now streaming on Apple TV+.
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