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Europa Report [Blu-ray]
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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?
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I loved this film, occasionally still will watch it again, I like the camera shots, it almost makes you feel that you're on the mission or monitoring from NASA. Thanks 😃.Published 14 days ago by john mascher
Flawed, slow but a fun "what if" for a generation that will never see the truth beneath Europa.Published 28 days ago by Donekin
This movie was entertaining but very slow as most space movies are. The ending left me wondering what happened, I wasn't sure of the final outcome so I give it a three star for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by mitch powers
Sorry, I wish I could love this movie but the term "all flash, no substance" comes to mind, however, with The Europa Report, it's reversed. All substance no flash. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith Lucas
Why is Europa the best space flic since 2001? Rather than relying on monsters, it delves into the impossibilities of space travel on a realistic level. Read more
I love Jupiter but because of this documentary, I will never visit there because aliens are very frightening to me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matt Daniels