Simply put, the care and thoughtfulness that goes into footage-faking has not been applied to the film's script or structure.
Tight and beautifully detailed, but plainly chopped down from what must have been a more coherent, if not more compelling thriller.
| Original Score: 2/4
"Europa Report" goes ploddingly where bolder films have gone before.
After a while, it's hard to escape the fact that the audience is watching a potential monster movie in which most of the fun stuff--i.e. the monster--has been pared away.
Its high-minded emphasis on exploration and impeccable special effects are pitted against a familiar one-by-one slasher-like plot and structural cheats...
Realism doesn't necessarily equal entertainment, and Sebastián Cordero's movie collapses in an avalanche of jargon.
Like many other dull road trips, your response to this one might be a quick nap.
Europa Report is at times a fairly good psychological thriller (and indie movie experience) but falls short of being a very smart or scary film overall.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A solidly cast, interesting budget concept is absolutely wrecked by terrible editing and needless voiceover that is at first wearying and then just ire-provoking.
| Original Score: C-
What isn't straightforward about the plot is either hackneyed, implausible, or both.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Skip this one until you happen to catch it for free on cable.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Space looks grand, but all the action takes place within a space ship with characters who are not individualized.
| Original Score: C+
While Europa Report recalls such small-ensemble stuck-in-space flicks as Moon and Sunshine, it's basically The Blair Witch Project relocated to the vicinity of Jupiter.
If it had a torso, it'd be wearing a pocket protector.
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.
It becomes refreshingly clear early on that this is a rare modern science-fiction film where the filmmakers aren't afraid to pack actual science into their narrative.
| Original Score: 4/5
...there's no doubt that Cordero's film occupies the shelf space shared by Moon and Gattaca, slow, thoughtful films that ponder intellectual and emotional stakes resounding far beyond their cast.
| Original Score: B
Its ideas trump its method, a necessity when working in a weary genre.
| Original Score: 3/4
Europa Report is an intelligent breath of fresh air with some awe-inspiring visuals, proving that an engrossing atmosphere and technically sound story can be just as effective as cheap thrills and easy scares.
| Original Score: 8/10