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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 (615 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 (615 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E0KWB58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,317 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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147 of 171 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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40 of 48 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, Intelligent Science Fiction Filmmaking again. 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, Depressing - and I Paid for this. September 9, 2014
By Avg Joe
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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 gets really, really vexing. An extra star because of all the NASA equipment and footage, otherwise a well deserved One star for everything else. (Can't comment on the acting as there was only one emotion allowed throughout the movie- what's an actor to do with that?) Someone needs to tell the director about emotions... you need to have at least two in any movie over 90min and if you Must pick One and only One, Depression is probably the wrong play. Can't have the audience hanging themselves, bites into the sequel money.

SPOILERS.... Whopping BIG, Smarmy Contemptuous Ones

The equipment and footage appears to be real NASA stock. The shots are delivered handi-cam and shaky-cam from internal ship cameras that cut out..... alot - more than a bit annoying. This ship has .... many malfunctions... that are not explained. No backup systems (no low gain antenna when the high gain antenna mysteriously "blows out" killing one member (pause for everyone expressing their depression). They soldier on. Send two guys out to fix something and.... another one bites the dust committing suicide because he only has twenty minutes to wipe down his suit of a toxic chemical and really can't be bothered. And they have no spare air in the airlock. (Did I mention that even unmanned satellites generally have two transmitters?). .... pause again to be depressed about lemming #2. Bump down on Europa and one goes for a walk - sees a strange light, follows it - and mysteriously falls under the ice and dies..... pause to be depressed....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
A must see movie for those who prefer science based science fiction. A very good documentary type movie on what a fictional trip to Europa may be like in the near future. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought-Provoking Movie for Those Who Enjoy Hard Science Fiction
This is a fine, thought-provoking movie for those educated adults who enjoy hard science-fiction. If you're looking for a movie like Star Wars or The Thing, skip the Europa... Read more
Published 9 days ago by William L. Brooks
2.0 out of 5 stars Typical space disaster fare
Let's just take a trip to Europa for the reason we might find some aquatic life there! Was there any exploration of Mars in the movie? Read more
Published 10 days ago by R.J. Macready
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining in its way, but not your standard sci-fi flick
A decent concept and some interesting editing but maybe a little to indie for most. I liked the cast, mostly from TV shows and such except for Wikus from District 9, and the idea... Read more
Published 10 days ago by IntoMoYouKnow
5.0 out of 5 stars "Is there life on other planets? " That's been ...
"Is there life on other planets?" That's been the bases for other movies, but what about life on other moons?
Published 10 days ago by TheWriterJulie
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip to Jupiter's moon Europa
This movie is a SciFi (my favorite) If your a fan it's a new adventure to one of Jupiter's moons.
Published 22 days ago by A. Bonner
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay if you're really bored and not expecting much
Meh. Nice try, but not quite. No build up, no climax, no...nothing really.

The acting was okay, the science was close enough, but there just wasn't enough to captivate... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Chris Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Bring an extra suit
Nice set design and space shots. Too much 'Blair Witch' camerawork and overuse of chronometers et al. Pretty straightforward and boring. I felt jettisoned form the crew.
Published 28 days ago by William A Todd
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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Be Prepared
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