ICFIFC: Europa Report (2013)

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Monday, September 2, 2013

ICFIFC: Europa Report (2013)

Tonight’s movie was suggested by LIVINGDEADGRRL2 via the MMTV Twitter page.

Europa Report (2013)

  • Directed: Sebasti├ín Cordero
  • Produced: Ben Browning
  • Written: Philip Gelatt
  • Starring: Anamaria Marinca, Karolina Wydra, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Sharlto Copley, Christian Camargo
  • Music: Bear McCreary
  • Editing:
    • Alexander Kopit
    • Craig McKay
    • Livio Sanchez
    • Aaron Yanes
  • Cinematography: Enrique Chediak
  • Studio:
    • Start Motion Pictures 
    • Wayfare Entertainment Ventures LLC
  • Distributed:
    • Magnet Releasing 
    • Magnolia Pictures
  • Rated:
  • Release Date:
    • 15 June 2013 (Los Angeles Film Festival)
    • 27 June 2013 (Internet)
    • 2 August 2013 (Limited Theatrical)
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

A found footage film, Europa Report recounts the fictional story of the first manned mission to Europa, one of Jupiter's moons.  Despite a disastrous technical failure that loses all communications with Earth mission control and the death of one of the crew, the remaining members continue their mission to Europa and encounter a baffling mystery.

A unique blend of documentary, alternative history and science fiction thriller, 'Europa Report' follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter's moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system.  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 discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean.  After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crewmember, 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.

Filming took place in Brooklyn.  The first image from the film was revealed on February 11, 2012.  A viral website to promote the film was launched shortly afterward.  The film's screenplay was written by Philip Gelatt, and the production design was done by Eugenio Caballero.  An online trailer was released on May 20, 2012.  The film was released on Video on Demand, iTunes, and Google Play Movies on June 27, 2013, and was released theatrically on August 2, 2013.

Europa Report has received generally positive reviews from critics.  Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 79% 'Fresh' rating based on 47 reviews, calling it "Claustrophobic and stylish, Europa Report is a slow-burning thriller that puts the science back into science fiction."  Review aggregation website Metacritic gives a rating of 67 out of 100 based on reviews from 23 critics, which indicates "generally favorable" reviews.

Justin Chang, of Variety magazine, called the film "A reasonably plausible and impressively controlled achievement." while space.com said the film was "One of the most thrilling and realistic depictions of space exploration since Moon or 2001: A Space Odyssey."  Fearnet said the film was "One of the most sincere, suspenseful and fascinating science fiction films of the past few years."

And Monster.Movie.TV says this movie kicks ass and is well worth the price of admission, or rental.

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