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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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  • 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 (720 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E0KWB58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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181 of 208 people found the following review helpful By Michael on July 11, 2013
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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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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Ed Farnsworth on October 22, 2013
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Need to point out to all of you who can tell that this is a great film, the few dozen trolls that gave this picture a one star review are liking each others posts, so that even though they're in the minority here their reviews appear to be the most popular. It's just how Amazon works. If you really want to help this film be successful you need to "like" the other 5 star reviews. Just sayin'.

Thank God. After the embarrassing Eylsium, the witless Oblivion and the moronic Prometheus, we have new evidence that some filmmakers can still write a complex story. An expertly crafted SF landmark. This film is challenging, realistic, fantastic, well acted, scary and beautiful. Europa Report is perfect. Why the hell isn't it in theaters?
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72 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Realon on August 13, 2013
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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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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ecl3x on August 12, 2013
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As a science fiction fan, I was very pleased with having spent 90 minutes watching this movie. Its strength is by far the storytelling - this low-budget, indie film refreshingly builds a suspenseful, realistic plot and interesting character development through clever writing and a solid script. Refreshingly, special effects are kept to a minimum - I saw this as a huge plus considering the excess of big-budget, blockbuster type films out there today. Developed with help from NASA, I enjoyed how much research was clearly put into the feasibility of the space mission, technology, etc. Well worth a watch by any science fiction fans, and especially those who would enjoy a break from the typical action- or effects-oriented movies in favor of being told a good story.
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