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Europa Report

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  •  USA  •    •  90m  •    •  Directed by: Sebastián Cordero.  •  Starring: Daniel Wu, Sharlto Copley, Christian Camargo, Karolina Wydra, Michael Nyqvist, Anamaria Marinca, Embeth Davidtz, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Dan Fogler, Neil deGrasse Tyson.  •  Music by: Bear McCreary.
        Europa, Jupiter's moon is known to have potential to support life. Hence a manned mission is sent to Europa to search for data proving existence of life there. "Europa report" shows the difficult choices and sacrifices the crew has to make to fulfill their objective of sending valuable data to Earth for research.

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Borrowing heavily from Danny Boyle's masterpiece Sunshine and somewhat from Ridley Scott's embarrassingly amateurish Prometheus, Europa Report appropriately falls somewhere between the two extremes but stands out due to its impressive naturalism (a rare find in the genre) and attention to detail.

The first hour is basically exactly the same as Sunshine - scientists on a deep-space mission begin to unravel individually and as a group after the death of one of their own. Unfortunately, Europa Report lacks the masterful character development of its predecessor, so the hour goes by very slowly as it's very difficult to muster up any interest in what's happening to characters who mostly exist only as ciphers. The naturalism is a hindrance here, as there's nothing interesting going on visually either. Interpolated documentary-style clips of Anamaria Marinca and Embeth Davidtz telling the mission's story into cameras are all the film has to spice up this segment, and while both actresses do good work and there are some truly provocative lines thrown in, those clips add up to a grand total of about 10 minutes - so the other 50 remain lifeless and inert.

Luckily the film picks up for an exhilarating finale - this is where the realism and care with details really shine. Prometheus' most apparent flaw was that its crew of world-class scientists were incredibly stupid and resorted to B-movie levels of horrible decision making to falsify an atmosphere of terror and advance the plot. Europa Report does a much more convincing job of illustrating how these people's desperate thirst for knowledge brings about their demises - their decisions never once feel improper or manipulated and so the final act is infinitely more harrowing than any scene in Prometheus because we can understand exactly where the characters are coming from. And the "twist," while not unexpected, is awesome in the truest sense of the word.

Sharlto Copley also deserves a mention for a fantastic performance - he gets maybe 90 seconds of development and still his key scene has a massive impact and is probably the emotional peak of the movie. Marinca manages to hold our attention throughout tons of long-lasting closeups and does beautiful work towards the end of the film, while Michael Nyqvist is simply not a magnetic enough actor to keep my interest when he's the only thing on screen.

Sebastian Cordero is definitely one to watch - the film overall is exceptionally directed and the editing, particularly in the finale, is visceral and kinetic. Unfortunately, as hard as he tries to avoid an unwelcoming, stagnant atmosphere, the screenplay limits his creativity, and the sluggish beginning and middle acts drag the overall product down a fair bit. Regardless, it's one of the more provocative movies of the year and is a worthy addition to the recent group of sci-fi films like Sunshine, Another Earth and so on that focus less on the science and more on how it affects and intertwines with humanity. I just wish it had been a little less cold.


Review by Emma_Stewart from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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