Fear. Sacrifice. Contact.
A crew of international astronauts are sent on a private mission to Jupiter's fourth moon.
A crew of international astronauts are sent on a private mission to Jupiter's fourth moon.
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I love science fiction. It is a genre of endless possibilities and ideas. The notion of a slow burn, low tech space exploration film like Europa Report peaks my interest automatically, allowing me to step over the fact that it is a found footage film.
It starts off very promising, with an appealing aesthetic and a lovely slow and deliberate pace. There is great attention to detail and there are mostly great, natural performances.
Something started to gnaw at me though while watching it and that feeling crystallized when the first real danger appeared in the plot. I didn't care. In all the time it takes to set up the story and setting, it completely forgets to flesh out its…
Great little underrated Sci-Fi flick that is quite suspenseful and entertaining!
My biggest gripes would be lack of proper character development! Oddly enough the fact that a huge majority of the film is NOT on Europa but in space giving lots of excruciatingly boring face time to said characters and they still managed to flub it up!
The other gripe is they missed opportunities to intensify the frightening scenes in the film! There were several times a scene that should of had us quaking in our boots ultimately fell flat when they failed to turn up the terror factor by omitting a scream for example!
I know I've been hard on the film in this review but it's because I…
Europa Report almost breaks free of feeling like a SyFy Original at several points, but seems to have an endless supply of clunky exposition, sub-par acting, or intrinsically false set design choices to bring the whole thing crashing right back to STV-land. To be fair, the production value is marginally better than its cable-TV brethren, Sharlto Copley gives a performance that accentuates the weaknesses of his castmates, and the film does try to insert some real-sounding (though sensationalist and forced at the slightest attempt to corroborate) science into the picture. I want to say it's not a bad movie. There is promise of a good film here, but it takes too many missteps; from the interesting yet poorly implemented chronology, to the frustratingly out-of-place talking head bookends, to the disappointingly predictable reveal. Europa Report gets the frequently awarded "At Least You Tried" trophy, but there's a few too many fundamental planning errors here to make a return trip ever necessary.
Europa Report had me for a moment. Its commitment to slow burn, hard science fiction is completely commendable. But when things finally started happening I realized that the previous 45 minutes we had spent with the crew had built no emotional resonance. 45 minutes of these seven (plus) people sitting around talking about their mission, but none of them ever rose above being a cardboard cutout. That would fine if the events that happen at that point didn't require an emotional investment to work. But they did so they don't.
And the decision to make this a found footage film certainly did not help, as it literally kept you at a distance from the characters. Plus, there seemed to be about 5,000 cameras on the Europa, so what was the point? Believe it or not, you can insert documentary-style footage into any movie. No, seriously.
ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS
ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE
USE THEM TOGETHER
USE THEM IN PEACE
The latest in the "recovered footage horror story" genre is fairly close to the film requested by people who loved Danny Boyle's Sunshine until it abruptly turned into a slasher movie. Europa Report isn't as beautiful as Sunshine, though it does have high production values for a found-footage film. But it does follow a tack similar to Sunshine, with a group of scientists and crew on a manned space mission, encountering severe difficulties and a breath-stealing terror. And like Sunshine, Europa Report is smart and savvy, mining its tension from a non-chronological but progressively escalating storyline, featuring space explorers who act like professionals and don't make incredibly stupid decisions to advance the plot. This film is simple in retrospect, but thrilling in the moment; it's a good film to watch in the theater rather than at home, to minimize distractions, shut out the world, and get caught up in its creepy spell for a little bit.
"Compared to the breadth of knowledge yet to be known... what does your life actually matter?" ~ Rosa Dasque
Europa One, the world's first manned deep-space mission, has run into trouble. All communications with Earth have been lost during a solar storm en route to the the smallest of the four Galilean moons orbiting the planet Jupiter. This film by Ecuadorian director Sebastián Cordero presents a fictional found-footage "official report" of that mission, as narrated by Dr. Unger (Embeth Davidtz), the CEO of Europa Ventures.
Dr. Unger starts off by describing the launch some 19 months earlier. We get to meet the six members of the spacecraft's crew, including the Chinese mission commander Captain Dun "William" Xu (Daniel Wu), the…
There have been an inordinate number of science-fiction movies involving maiden voyages to distant planets over the years, in all manner of styles from creepy horror to action adventure, but none perhaps have approached the concept with quite as much scientific rigidity as Europa Report. The English-language debut of Ecuador-based filmmaker Sebastian Cordero, the story takes the transitional idea of a multi-ethnic crew in the near future who in this case are looking to prove the existence of life on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, only to--surprise surprise--find they may not be alone in the universe as they imagined. It's ostensibly presented as 'found footage' but it avoids being too rough, too edgy, coming across more like a documentary after…
Sci-fi buffs have been signaling Europa Report for years as a heady recommendation. This original August 2, 2013 release is something I have just caught up with it, and I got to tell you, it's a slim picking compared to the mind-expanding plethora of outer space adventures we've had since: "Gravity," "Interstellar," "The Martian," "High Life," "Ad Astra." It's not dumb, but it's pushing it to say Europa Report is brilliant, either. At the twenty minute mark, and maybe beyond, it is still monkeying around with exposition, per every cut to an Earthly press conference. I was already belting, "Come on, get on with it."
Electing with the found footage style to hide its limited budget, six astronauts journey to…
One of my favorite space movies. What they created with the minimal budget they had is just incredible.
Credit to Europa Report for overcoming such a rubbish introduction, but while it becomes an interesting film for many reasons, it never really pushes any buttons. It's 3 stars for effort.
It's nice to see a sci-fi space movie taking a serious approach to plot. A crew are sent to discover if life exists on Jupiter but it's never about horror or alien beings creeping around in the dark. There are elements of mystery and intensity but dealt with such a po-face it gives the film something to admire. The found footage approach also is free of any falsities, there's no - 'let's pass the camera to you, now to you so you can film our very private conversation'. The…
Ok, lets start with 5 Stars
Subtract 1 for a crew of characters that I have no solid investment in.
Keep 1 for ambition, atmosphere and visual competence on a low budget.
Subtract another 1 for pacing issues and that rob the film of the required tension to stay interested.
Keep 1 for a cast of actors that really attempt to sell the found footage concept.
Keep the last 1 for the meditation on how far a team of researchers should stake their lives on bringing enlightenment to the human race, no matter the cost.
That leaves 3 Stars - A fair rating for a solid effort, even if the discovery...
Was clearly a borrowed 'sentinel' prop from The Matrix series.
Eerlijkheidshalve hadden we de naam van Sebastián Cordero uit Ecuador nog niet eerder gehoord, maar wat deze man als regisseur in Europa Report doet is tamelijk verbluffend, en zelfs grensverleggend. Misschien heeft het succes van Interstellar en Gravity er wat mee te maken, maar Europa Report is wederom zo’n sciencefictionfilm die wetenschappelijk accuraat is. Wel, misschien niet de afloop van het verhaal, maar het zou in ieder geval wel zo kunnen gebeuren. Ook al zie je het niet, is deze prent met een tamelijk klein budget gedraaid en dus opteerden de makers voor een found footage aanpak. Een found footage sciencefictionfilm? We zien meteen ontelbare wenkbrauwen fronzen, want op papier lijkt zoiets een verschrikkelijk slecht idee. Dat dachten we ook…
how space movies should be. boring and devastating
I took no pleasure from the experience.
All due respect to the effort made, but this aint it.
intimate, well plotted and sparse horror movie. if this wasn't the primary inspiration for europa in destiny 2 i'll eat my hat.
Love the faux-documentary/found footage style, and this is exactly the sort of shit I'd be terrified of if I were an astronaut. We don't really learn much about the characters themselves, so it's tough to really connect to them on an individual level, but you definitely feel the drama and intensity as their cosmic voyage goes awry and their team, the only people they have in the depths of space, begins to break down.
This hits into my general issue with found-footage which is that it aims to be more immersive and lifelike, which only makes the little things we accept as being "movie logic" harder to swallow. In this case, I kept thinking the people organizing this mission must surely have nefarious purposes, because sending a manned mission to Europa before anyone's gotten to Mars is just nonsensical on the face of it. I did appreciate the casuel use of zero-gravity, pretty seamless on what I assume to be a low budget. As a formal approach, found footage, for all its faults, is very good at building tension, and the more the films goes into thriller/horror territory, the better it works, and I quite like the ending here.
Not a bad movie. I like the use of an international cast for a movie about space exploration.
bom filme de exploração espacial, sinto falta de filme assim atualmente, ainda mais com o avanço tecnlógico desde 2013 até agora
Why is the blue octopus monster a lil hot
Becoming a fan of "genre" cinema in Europe from the Giallo,Nordic Noir and French Film Noir after seeing the original version,I was sad to learn about Dragon Tattoo star Michael Nyqvist's death. Wanting to pay tribute with a Nyqvist viewing,I re-read a positive review Kim Newman gave to a Nyqvist's Sci-Fi movie,which led to me filling a report in.
View on the film:
Drilling orders into the team like a well-oiled mechanic, Michael Nyqvist gives a terrific performance as Andrei Blok,whose gruff orders to the rest of the crew are softened by Nyqvist keeping it based round Blok's focus on the completion of the mission. Grasping the threads of the research as they are iced up, Anamaria…
Chronicling the journey of a space crew to Europa (the moon of Jupiter that might be able to sustain life), this sci-fi venture benefits from an intriguing premise and wondrous shots when the crew actually reach Europa. It takes them over an hour to get there though and the journey to Europa is never as interesting as the moon itself. The biggest issue is the pseudo-documentary, found footage approach here - a technique that prevents us from getting to know any of the characters as individuals and feel for their plight. The choppiness of the style also interferes with the film building up atmosphere; the crew's mundane activities are dull without any sense of monotony pushing the characters' patience as in something like Passengers. The slow burn approach of the film is certainly admirable though and rare in modern sci-fi cinema at least.
I love the pared back simplicity of this. The found footage style definitely compliments the aesthetic and atmosphere the director was going for.