Friday Flick: Europa Report

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EurpoaReportOfficial Description: EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa’s icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crewmember, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.

Unofficial Description: Okay, first – this is a slow burn.  And I do mean slow.  The tension builds and builds and you have to stick with it in order to get the pay off.  If I’d been in a different mood the day I put this in the BluRay, I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it.  But I did.  And I liked it.

It’s definitely in the ‘found footage’ genre of films, with much, much less ‘shaky cam’.  The majority of the film is shot from stationary cameras throughout the ship.  It feels like a pretty decent portrayal of what space travel actually is.  No FTL here.  And when something goes wrong, you are on your own.

Definitely worth your time, but, as I said, be prepared for a very slow and methodical pace.