Europa Report

This isn’t a movie that redefined any genres or had any particularly great characters or anything, but it was strangely watchable, especially if you have an interest in missions to Europa — and who doesn’t? Something of a time-killer, but a good one, and the found-footage gimmick is done here as well as it can be, barring a breakthrough. I’m typically not a fan of found-footage films in general, and I think this one could have been improved by NOT being one, but they didn’t ask me (their usual mistake). Anyway, it was kind of neat, although Sharlto Copley was completely wasted. Anyone that’s seen him ham it up in Elysium or touch our hearts in District 9 knows what an asset he can be, but alas, the script does not allow for him to do much. In fact, none of the characters are given room to develop much, which is a shame, because the actors are doing some fine work. As is the director and film crew; the movie works as a found-footage film in the sense that it’s easy to believe the characters are really deep in space, far from help and stuck on an alien world.

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Director: Sebastien Cordoro.
Screenplay: Philip Gelatt.
Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Sharlto Copley, Christian Camargo, Anamaria Marinca, Embeth Davidtz, Daniel Wu, Karolina Wydra, Dan Fogler, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Compared to the breadth of knowledge yet to be known… what does your life actually matter?

Being released in the same year as the big-budgeted and visually stunning “Gravity” would normally hinder the successful chances of any other film in the science-fiction genre. However, Sebastien Cordoro’s “Europa Report” actually manages to find it’s own niche and invigoration by relying purely on a strong premise and confidence in it’s delivery. It will, most certainly, not pull in the revenue or audience of “Gravity” but it’s proof, yet again, that coughing up the green isn’t always necessary when venturing into the cosmos.

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