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Europa Report [Blu-ray] (2013)

Christian Camargo , Embeth Davidtz , Sebastián Cordero  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (607 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Sharlto Copley
  • Directors: Sebastián Cordero
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (607 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E0KWB58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 discovery. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew member, 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.

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143 of 167 people found the following review helpful
By Michael
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By calling Europa Report a speculative documentary, I mean to put it in the same style category of Discovery Channel et. al. efforts like "Supervolcano" and "Alien Contact." It invokes the feel of a National Geographic expedition documentary.

Overall, a great effort for a fairly low budget film. The bad science issues are minor - most notable are the rotating arm of the spaceship with no counter rotation of the rest of the ship (Newton's third law anyone?) and the apparently full Earth gravity on Europa.

The plot devices I consider flaws are unrealistic scenarios like: the problems encountered during the spacewalk, the lack of mission planning that threw such a huge wrench into the crew's plans after landing a mere 100 meters from their intended landing site, a lack of ANY redundant way to communicate with Mission Control, and a few questionable decisions by the crew. (I liken the extension of the surface walk to the classic 'space-explorer-takes-off-his-helmet-to-confirm-the-air-is-breathable' scene played out in SciFi movies from the 1950's right through "Prometheus").

Though the biggest 'suspension of disbelief' needs to be reserved for the possibility that we would send humans to Europa without first sending even a fraction of the robotic exploration we've sent to Mars. I think the movie could have mentioned a few more advanced robotic missions as prelude to the manned mission to help with the authenticity of the premise.

While I agree with other reviewers that it's good to see a movie where scientists understand the importance of the data, I also applaud the movie for demonstrating the narrow-mindedness that scientists can show.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
By Realon
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This is indie sci-fi. Hence, it has flaws, partly due to the limitations that it gets from being "indie" as opposed to a Hollywood-funded gig.

With that said, this haunted me. The hard-science aspects of it are pretty good, at least in terms of plausibility. (Don't get stuck on the fact that some of the footage is of actual rockets that couldn't possibly launch a major interplanetary craft or other details like that...) There are other tidbits that as a true space-nut I could nit-pick, but what I really liked was the fact that it seemed like the film makers made a real effort to ask "What if we did have a mission like this? What would be the things that could realistically go right or wrong? How would it affect both the people involved and the people back on Earth?"

There are aspects of the movie that seemed like they were heading toward "thriller" territory, but they really didn't get there. Sure, there's dramatic tension and some usual movie tropes, but not the ones that usually piss me off about more recent sci-fi. What they found on Europa didn't "get them", and when bad things happened, it wasn't a good-guy vs bad-guy situation or a rogue crew-member does something wrong type of situation like so often happens in movies. What they portrayed was more about passionate scientists making the best of what they had and sacrifices for the good of each other and in the pursuit of knowledge. Sure, that's also drama, but it didn't feel like things that were written or portrayed just for the sake of drama. It felt more like the type of things that the crew of such a mission really might have happen and really might react to in such ways.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Humans-they taste like chicken November 15, 2013
I have mixed feelings on this one. It is an attempt to redo 2001 but with a bit more science and a bit less flash. The dialogue and fuzzy pictures got quite tiresome after awhile. I know all the static was an attempt to make it look more real, but I actually like to see what's happening.
Now, there actually have been proposals to travel to Europa and drill through the ice, so I like the concept, but I really wasn't riveted, and the ending was just not satisfying. Of course, what made it worse was the ending speech by the program director back on earth trying to make it all noble and uplifting. It was just too smaltzy. It was OK, but certainly not more than that.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY, a reality-driven space adventure! August 11, 2013
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Space exploration can EASILY be exciting enough to drive a compelling story withOUT the need for malevalent space monsters, psychosis-inducing space germs, or willfully blatant disregard for the laws of physics, and "Europa Report" finally demonstrates this. It is wilderness adventure at its best, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the end. I was extremely impressed by this small(?) budget effort coming from the fringes of filmdom: TOP-notch effects, cinematography, subject matter authenticity and overall production values. Every dollar spent on this movie is evident on the screen.

Is the film perfect? Nope. The characters are sometimes a bit over the top but, hey!, it "makes good theater" -- I'm quite sure that any real astonauts selected for such a mission would possess better composure & professionalism, better interpersonal communication skills, and more heroic "can-do" attitudes. The movie's spoken dialog is often quite "muddy" and difficult to understand, and some of the technical details driving the story action are occassionally confusing. And some "reality" flaws that conflict with physics, engineering, and known planetary science still manage to sneak in; I'm willing to look the other way.

But on the whole, this is FINALLY a WONDERFUL vision of what REAL manned space exploration can be about. It is comelling stuff and will hopefully inspired more of Hollywood to forego the monsters and instead rely upon the abundantly available adventure material that actually exists.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ponderously slow
I read the reviews when this first came out, and decided to pass. It started slowly; I hoped it would pick up steam, but no. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Chris L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good flick.
It's not 2001 a Space Oddessey, but not too shabby. Good flick.
Published 4 days ago by Be Prepared
5.0 out of 5 stars A pillar of sci-fi film!
Fantastic film! Best realistic portrayal of space travel I've seen in decades.
Published 8 days ago by Loves to Burn
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, Depressing - and I Paid for this.
It will bore you to tears 20 min in, then get a little interesting for 5 min with great NASA footage, then the interminable scenes of people just standing around being depressed... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Avg Joe
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I thought it was going to be! ...
not what I thought it was going to be!!!
Published 13 days ago by ernie
4.0 out of 5 stars A good effort for a small budget
A good effort for a small budget. Being able to suspend disbelief is critical for a movie with this conceit, but it worked! Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jason W Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excelente movie!...
Published 26 days ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by great seller
4.0 out of 5 stars So boring movie: (((( but my husband liked it very ...
So boring movie :(((( but my husband liked it very much.
Published 1 month ago by Tanechka
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice try but no cigar
Nice try but no cigar. it sums up this movie. Scenario had potential. it was in line with-reality check purposes- space odyssey 2001 and the sequal 2010. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ozzy
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