Europa Report

Europa Report

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An international crew of six astronauts, undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon, Europa. As the journey proceeds, unexpected catastrophic developments test the crew far beyond anything they expected.
Branch Call Number: DVD F EUR
Characteristics: video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
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akirakato
Mar 26, 2017

This is a 2013 science-fiction drama directed by Sebastián Cordero.
It recounts the fictional story of the first crewed mission to Europa, one of Jupiter's moons.
Despite a disastrous technical failure that loses all communications with Earth mission control and a series of dangerous crises, the crew continues its mission to Europa and encounters a baffling mystery.
Although it is an intriguing and profoundly thought-provoking film, the story lacks imagination.
Probably there is also a script deficiency.
The scientific common sense dictates that a simple form of creature exists on Europe.
However, no form of creature shows up, which is a big let-down.

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isaachar
Mar 11, 2017

Europa Report seems like another run of the mill space exploration movie when you read the description of it. I waited a long time before giving it a try, and immediately regretted waiting. Most of the movie is about space travel to the outer edge of our solar system to look for life. I hesitate to call it similar to Interstellar, but they are in the same vein. The last half of the movie is totally different, however. I would compare it to Alien (minus some of the horror) and the Abyss. My only complaint is that it was hard to believe rational people would make some of the decisions the characters do during the last leg of the picture. Still, this movie is a must for any space thriller fans.

AL_CODY Sep 27, 2016

A very suspenseful space thriller.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Maybe others are expecting big explosions or big-name actors; I don't know. Personally, I thought this was one of the better sci-fi films I've seen in a while. It's a slow film with the tension steadily building; as for style, I think comparisons can be made to Moon. Here's the kicker, though: I liked Europa Report better than Moon. Much better. I didn't feel like Europa Report was trying too hard. It was what it was, and I was entertained by it.

Initially, I wasn't sure I would like Europa Report. It sets up the possibility to be another Sunshine. And guess what? I didn't like Sunshine much either. Sure, that movie started out great, but at the moment when it became a vampire-zombie-sci-fi-hybrid movie, I was rolling my eyes. Europa Report doesn't pull these kind of hijinks, however; it stays true to itself throughout. I could've done without that final image in Europa Report--I'd have preferred something a little more ambiguous--but over all I am really pleased with this film. The acting is so much better than some have said. The visuals may not be stellar, but I found them to be believable. And the story builds perfectly.

It's nice to see that some filmmakers still understand what science films should accomplish.

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LittleNoName
Feb 19, 2016

Enjoyed emmensly, highly recommend if you enjoy this genre. Awesome graphics that are very realistic looking.

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rgb1
Nov 17, 2015

Most realistic sci-fi film to date. Good story well told.
Some reviewers complained about the low budget effects, but that didn't bother me.
One thing that did was the almost nonstop background music. That's one thing that would not be realistic in the spacecraft.

See Nursebob's review.

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marx_bro
Nov 06, 2015

I liked it! I was hoping for a little more monster action but the price was right ($0.00)! LOL

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navy_zebu_19
Jul 22, 2015

Great thing about this movie is that it's a science fiction movie *with actual science*. Everything from the hydrazine to the solar flares to the seas of Europa are real possibilities. If you want to see a movie where scientists are passionate about solving and investigating problems, see this.

rocka3 Jun 02, 2015

Not bad for a low budget Sci-fi film.Supposedly the spacecraft lands on Europa.The landscape is non-descriptive- with very little perspective except for ice cracks ,and a brief underwater search scene.Basically the crew members look out through a port window most of the time.The ending is confusing for me .The flash backs don't mesh well.The alien creature role should of been expanded.

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Nursebob
Dec 07, 2014

Sebastián Cordero has fashioned one of those rare cinematic achievements: an intelligent outer space thriller which favours genuine tension over cheap shocks and a keen sense of wonder over conventional horror clichés. In the near future a manned mission is sent to Europa, Jupiter’s enigmatic ice ball of a moon, in the hope of finding aquatic life under its thick crust of frozen water. En route the crew of Europa One loses contact with Earth thanks to a particularly violent solar flare which temporarily disables their communications equipment. With just weeks to go before their Jovian rendezvous Commander Daniel Wu decides to go ahead with the mission, meticulously documenting their journey for eventual transmission back to Ground Control once a radio link is reestablished. After several complications, including one tragedy, they eventually land on Europa and begin to explore the vast ocean beneath its surface. Needless to say they are not quite prepared for what happens next. Told almost entirely in flashback using “declassified” video footage beamed back from various onboard cameras, as well as earthbound talking heads offering explanations to an unseen audience, a frightening yet remarkable story gradually unfolds which keeps you on edge without resorting to standard monster movie tropes. Cordero’s manic directorial style, coupled with a few well placed auditory jolts, constantly catches you off guard. At times the screen is filled with multiple video feeds challenging viewers with a high-energy visual collage which suddenly narrows down to one single staticky frame before fading to black. At other times Jupiter hangs crazily in the sky as a shaky suit-mounted camera records something in the shadows of an ice cave and a remote underwater submersible relays scores of amazing data from just beneath the Europa One’s landing module. Although Cordero’s quick cutaways and jerky editing are highly effective in maintaining a skittish suspense, he does manage to smooth out the film’s rougher edges with regular flash-forwards to the relative calm of various after-the-fact press conferences. Well paced, beautifully photographed (nice to see a spaceship interior that doesn’t look like a Disney attraction), and filled with a subtle sense of awe. And those final scenes did not disappoint.

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Oct 24, 2015

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“We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard” - John F Kennedy

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