Film Review : Europa Report (2013)

IMDB Score – 6.5
RT Score – 77%

I love sci-fi films. Hell, I’ll watch pretty much anything set in space which explains the awful decision to watch Apollo 18 a couple days ago. I don’t know what it is but I’m just fascinated by anything being set in space. I love the loneliness the characters have to deal with and if they are’t dealing with that then they’re most likely dealing with f’in aliens. This film is subtle. It’s technically a found footage film but instead of the camera being held by an idiot ala Randy Marsh the footage was literally found by the private company who paid for this space mission to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. The crew is made up of a bunch of science folks and engineers played greatly by some great actors that I haven’t seen in a movie in a while including Shartlo Copley (District 9), Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Anamaria Marinca (4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days), and Christian Camargo (Dexter’s brother).

I found the film to be a highly suspenseful and creative piece of sci-fi. NASA actually worked with the filmmakers to make sure that the look and language of the film matched the real thing. What that gives the viewer is a very realistic look at what a voyage like this would be like. Some of the film looked like you would be watching it on CNN and that gave a very real feeling when shit started to hit the fan. I’ll be the first to admit that the story was full of plenty of holes but the end result was still a very harrowing film that kept you on the edge of your seat for most of the time. The acting was great and the ending hit home without coming off too cheesy. You really can’t ask for more in a low budget sci-fi film about space exploration. Fans of Moon and Sunshine will love this film.

4/5


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