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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 (602 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 (602 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E0KWB58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,466 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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142 of 166 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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37 of 46 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 27 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow Burn That Fizzles With No Real Bang February 5, 2014
Shot in a kind of found-footage documentary style, EUROPA REPORT is a sci-fi movie about a group of six astronauts chosen by a private organization to travel to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, to investigate the possibility of life. As part of the journey, the crew is extensively taped and photograph: there are cameras everywhere on the ship, including some in the helmets of their spacesuits. The cameras and communications keep sending footage back to Earth on a constant basis. Thus the EUROPA REPORT is a documentary consisting of footage of the astronauts on their journey as well as spliced interviews before and after the trip.

I didn’t have any issue with the overall plot of the movie. There are several moments where you had to really suspend your disbelief (I mean, why was there no plan in place if a person’s spacesuit became contaminated? And, don’t these people know how to follow orders: when you’re ordered to come back to the ship after a walk, you come back). However, there are moments like these in most of the movies we watch; the suspension of disbelief is part of what makes a movie a movie.

I also thought the acting was pretty good and for such a low budget film the special effects were well done, too. Lastly, I appreciated how much the movie tried to ground itself in realism.

However, despite an interesting plot, good acting, and decent special effects, I found the EUROPA REPORT to be incredible boring. I thought about stopping the movie after just fifteen minutes into it. Part of this is because the way the movie is edited.
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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 8 days 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 13 days ago by Ozzy
4.0 out of 5 stars The wonder and the terror of our own solar system
This movie has been compared to _Apollo 18_ and while I enjoyed that film I agree with the other reviewers in saying that this film is superior. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Tim F. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok I guess
Decent. Somewhat missing some items of substance. Could think of ten different ways that would have made this more interesting but it was ok
Published 26 days ago by Trisha moran
4.0 out of 5 stars A good watch
Not a bad story line. It's so hard to end sci-fi stories. This one was acceptable.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Fraga
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and Good
What a great movie. Not big on whiz bang special effects, or CGI monsters, this film gives possibly (? Read more
Published 1 month ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing indie sci-fi "found tape"-style movie
An amazing indie sci-fi "found tape"-style movie. Ever wondered how the real near future manned space exploration would be like? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vitaly
5.0 out of 5 stars Europa Report, one of the best Syfi movie's I have ever watched. A...
Come on, for those saying this movie is boring and could not wait for it to end. I have watch just about every syfi movie out there and this is one of the best. Read more
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