The mission to search for life on Jupiter’s fourth moon begins in this new sci-fi film “Europa Report”. This new movie stars Sharlto Copley, Embeth Davidtz and Christian Camargo. Set in the future, Europa Report is about six astronauts who embark on privately funded mission to find extraterrestrial life in one of the Galilean moons of Jupiter. After landing on the icy moon, the crew encounters a disastrous technical failure and the death of one of the crew. Their fight for survival begins and they must accomplish their mission even when their lives are at stake.
“A Modern Science-Fiction with Europa Report
When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon in 1969, he encapsulated the significance of the moment in one astute, often-misunderstood, quote. His accomplishment, like that of many pioneers before him, was deemed not just a personal victory, but a symbolic triumph for humanity. In Sebastián Cordero’s contemporary science-fiction thriller Europa Report, an international collective taking on an unprecedented mission is aware of the similar impact they could have on others. They’re certain their undertaking will mean greater things for society. The historic moon landing is clearly an inspiration for the members of the shuttle Europa One: The mission planner describes the crew’s task at hand as a “new first step for mankind.”
Within the first 10 minutes of Europa Report, however, the crew loses all communication with Earth, and six months into the mission, they have to go it alone. The film then reveals that everyone aboard the ship has been lost, which sets the film up in the style of a fictional documentary; all scenes of the seven crew members in space consist of found footage from aboard the ship. Bit by bit, Cordero reveals what went wrong during the mission, as the crew struggles to survive encounters with the unknown while searching for life on Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter believed by scientists to contain an ocean beneath its surface. The narrative is interspersed with news clips and personal interviews with the scientists who funded the expedition, especially mission planner Dr. Samantha Unger (Embeth Davidtz), who is emotionally scarred by the events.
Cordero and screenwriter Philip Gelatt demonstrate a deft understanding of how to handle a found-footage narrative without making it too familiar. The non-linear script jumps around, as evidenced by timestamps and the details of the ship and its inhabitants. It’s initially disorienting, but Gelatt crafts scenes that stay engaging and surprising even through the knowledge that none of the crew will survive the mission.
It becomes refreshingly clear early on that this is a rare modern science-fiction film where the filmmakers aren’t afraid to pack actual science into their narrative. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists served as consultants, and the i09 science blog dubbed it “the most painstakingly accurate space movie we’ve seen in ages.”) But though Europa Report is heavy on science, Cordero pays equal attention to building suspense, particularly through his camerawork, which is inventive enough to render the found-footage format as more than just a tired gimmick.”
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Europa Report is directed by Sebastian Cordero and is slated to be released in the United States on August 2nd 2013.
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