Title: Europa Report (2013)
Director: Sebastian Cordero (Rage)
Cast: Daniel Wu, Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Karolina Wydra, Anamaria Marinca, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Dan Fogler
Plot: A crew is sent on a discovery mission to one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa. Told in found footage format the story charts the crews journey to the planet and journey within themselves.
“Even if we found nothing it’s an effective discovery”
Review by Eddie on 17/06/2014
Sebastian Cordero’s low budget Sci-Fi flick certainly gets an A for effort but as a final product the mark sadly can not be so high. Featuring a vast range of ideas and concepts, Europa Report feels like a story that could be told in a better way thanks to the films strange and uprooting structure and some pretty low grade acting efforts.
A major part of making a successful space set Sci-Fi is having a crew that the audience can associate and jump on board with eg; a Sunshine or Alien and Europa Report just doesn’t have this despite a few recognizable faces. The found footage format of the film is a neat trick for such a tale but the way in which Cordero mixes it all in with talking earth bound heads, a strange editing process that flaunts between early mission footage and later mission footage is nothing more than distracting and a crew that we barely get to know kills any chance the movie had to make us forget the budget is small and scope limited. It’s a shame that these actors couldn’t do more with the limited material as at the core of this tale is a pretty ripe idea.
All humans feel a strong association with discovery and the quest for answers in the universe and at times Europa Report taps into this human condition to offer up senses of wonder and also fear. Segments set on Europa itself offer up some tension filled moments with a probe sent under ice and a walk on the planet examples of what could of been a more thrilling experience but overall the sense of discovery is not central enough and you’ll find yourself counting down the minutes whenever the crew takes focus once more.
A strong idea, a neat ending and some scenes of tension can’t help Europa Report become anything more than a neat idea on paper that didn’t get translated into a quality Sci-Fi you get the feeling was not that far out of reach. Sometimes effort and concept can only get you so far.
2 inconvenient hydrazine leaks out of 5