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About the Movie
A spaceship’s crew travels to the far reaches of the solar system in search of life. Developed with NASA, this awe-inspiring thriller offers the most scientifically accurate representation of space travel.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 76
- Fresh: 61
- Rotten: 15
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This sincerity, coupled with a documentary-style approach, can feel a little dry, but the script's refusal to go to extremes only raises its plausibility.
Fresh: The idea that life evolved independently on Europa is perfectly plausible-and that makes what would be a fun and exciting film in any case all the more worth watching.
Fresh: "Europa Report" is a Grade A version of a B picture, a streamlined science fiction story that smartly tells a familiar tale without breaking the bank.
Rotten: Simply put, the care and thoughtfulness that goes into footage-faking has not been applied to the film's script or structure.
One Giant Leap Backwards For Mankind
Houston, we have a problem... a really big problem. I was hoping to find a sign of life in this film but all I discovered was a vacuous hole of nothingness.
The cast, crew and film makers deserve credit for getting the job done but I'm unclear as to what their intentions were. If it was to create a great movie, I am saddened to say they missed the mark.
You've already seen this movie a dozen times; a crew of the best and brightest get killed off, one by one. I can't fault the characters who couldn't see it coming. After all, I clicked the rental button despite my suspicions and paid the price. Crumbs..$9.99 down the drain.
Stream Carl Sagan's Comos instead.
Not what I expected but I enjoyed it.
Linear and Shallow
I was hoping for something more like "Sunshine" but, again disappointed with another cookie cutter sci fi. Same old plot, same old scenes. Characters poorly developed. Linear plot that any one of us could write.
The problem is, if you make one of these films with more in depth science, it becomes boring to the drama-interested. If you make it with greater theatrics and character development, the science-minded become disinterested. The problem with this film is it does neither.
They pseudo-interviews with the earth-based command center personnel provide another opportunity for character development as well as a technical showcase. These interviews appear contrived and muted.
Why do all space creatures have to be either cute or severely menacing? In truth, I would submit that life elsewhere would more likely be microbial. Exciting to anyone with a science background. Guess Hollywood has to have extremes of emotional output transmitted through either cute, little short green creatures or menacing, terribly destructive amoral frightening monsters. Try popcorn without all the excessive butter sometime and enjoy it for what it is.
Rewritten and displayed as a believable scientific, manned mission this film could have achieved greatness for what could one day become a reality.
Like the never ending search for extra-terresterial life, I continue to seek out new movies that boldly go where no filmmaker has ever gone before. I remain hopeful that one day it will happen.