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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 (555 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Sharlto Copley
  • Directors: Sebastián Cordero
  • Format: 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 (555 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E0KWB58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,229 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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133 of 156 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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34 of 43 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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18 of 24 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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77 of 109 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Indie Sci-Fi/Horror Flick August 6, 2013
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Let me say that I'm a BIG fan of both real-life space exploration and sci-fi films (including sci-fi horror). SO, I really REALLY wanted to like this film.

Sadly though, I cannot recommend it.

The problems come not so much from the idea, which is good (a manned mission to a moon of Jupiter to search for signs of extraterrestrial life). It's the execution that causes the film to come apart at the seams.

First off, the 'found footage/documentary' angle is getting pretty old and tired. It adds little to the film beyond a bunch of annoying 'camera flickers' and bobbles, and a lot of hyperactive and unnecessary jumping around from camera to camera inside the ship. As (over)used, it's a distracting and annoying gimmick.

Secondly, it doesn't help that we care about basically NONE of these characters. Not even Sharlito Copley (of 'District 9' fame), who just isn't given enough time or space to develop before... well, let's just say it's not good. In fact, each and EVERY one of these characters is here simply as a version of 'Ten Little Indians', to be killed off one by one, in order to present some sort of 'dramatic tension' that the (rather basic) script is lacking.

Unfortunately, you don't gain any dramatic tension from killing off characters that no one cares about in the first place.

Then there's the matter of how oddly dumb all of these allegedly 'best of the best' astronauts are. They routinely (and unrealistically) break protocol, and get killed every time for it. Nor do the survivors ever learn from this. Honestly, you could've sent the cast of Two and a Half Men, and they'd probably have a better survival rate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars If Your Not Into Sci-Fi, You'll Want To Pass On This One
If you're a serious Sci -Fi buff, this movie is worth watching once though I don't think you'll be adding it to you DVD collection.
Published 4 hours ago by J. P. Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Sci-Fi movie
Europa Report is a different kind of space sci-fi movie, and is very enjoyable. I've now watched it three times and I'm not done with it.
Published 13 hours ago by Steve Lower
3.0 out of 5 stars Europa Report
The special effects for Europa are really good but the photography in general is not the best I've seen. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Michael S. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars better than gravity and the last days on mars
Very real fealing. One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. If you like space thrillers you will love this
Published 7 days ago by Darrell
1.0 out of 5 stars I'd Like My Money Back As Well
Look, the movie is has beautiful imagery, and some money was spent making the ship very realistic. I love science fiction, space exploration, astronomy, and adventure. Read more
Published 7 days ago by G.T. Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars si fy
this is a sy fy movie that is as the best si fy books are. the story is what makes it so great. this story would have been great without any si fy to the story. Read more
Published 10 days ago by patrick hudson
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
I didnt hate this movie. It did a great job of keeping my attention, but never really delivered on the action or visuals you thought you were working up to. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Xtopher
1.0 out of 5 stars When movies become available on Prime so soon after release, expect...
I tried so hard to not to fall asleep during this movie. Only reason I made it through the entire film was because I thought at some point this is going to get better or more... Read more
Published 11 days ago by MyFyrByrd
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Indie film.
Remind me to never go to Europa. I would have given it 5 stars, but I really am not a huge fan of documentary style films. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Rod Beckwith
2.0 out of 5 stars Apparently no tech support
This movie could have been great. Should have been with an exciting concept, but with all the down right absurd events and idiotic things people do just to move a plot to its... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Laura
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