Europa Report ★★★½

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I'm not going to be running around telling everybody they HAVE TO HAVE TO see this, but I won't be telling folks to avoid it, either. The storytelling gimmick of the film totally works and the idea of the fictional mission is compelling. The characters, though, were straight up stock spaceship crew members, with only Sharlto Copley's "James" standing out as having much personality. Still, a good use of a spare hour or two 8)

On a second viewing, it makes me think of nothing so much as Werner Herzog's fantastic WILD BLUE YONDER. This is basically a more conventional, narrativized version of that much more inventive and interesting film. But it's still good stuff 8)