Europa Report

2013

Europa Report

Critics Consensus

Claustrophobic and stylish, Europa Report is a slow-burning thriller that puts the science back into science fiction.

81%

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Total Count: 78

57%

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User Ratings: 17,491
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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. (c) Magnet

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Cast

Sharlto Copley
as James Corrigan
Michael Nyqvist
as Andrei Blok
Christian Camargo
as Daniel Luxembourg
Embeth Davidtz
as Dr. Unger
Dan Fogler
as Dr. Solokov
Anamaria Marinca
as Rosa Dasque
Karolina Wydra
as Katya Petrovna
Daniel Wu
as Willam Xu
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Critic Reviews for Europa Report

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (22)

  • There is something refreshing in the decidedly downbeat "Europa Report," a science-fiction film with the emphasis on science that doesn't cheat on the tension.

    Aug 22, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Low key and earnest, Sebastián Cordero's "Europa Report" makes compelling use of familiar genre material to create an intelligent science fiction thriller.

    Aug 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There are scenes of unutterable beauty in Europa Report, a low-budget space exploration sci-fi suspenser from Ecuadorian director Sebastián Cordero.

    Aug 9, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • What isn't straightforward about the plot is either hackneyed, implausible, or both.

    Aug 8, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 8, 2013 | Full Review…
  • I'm not qualified to judge the accuracy of the scientific detail, though the filmmakers convey a genuine respect for hard science instead of the cursory interest shown by most science fiction movies.

    Aug 7, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Europa Report

  • Jul 31, 2016
    A tense, tight science-fiction thriller whose impact is undone slightly by obnoxious found-footage aspects and off-kilter pacing.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2014
    I've let my feeling be known many times on how I feel about these found footage documentary films, that use camcorders. They are lazy, usually have no storyline, and the constant camera movement is just nauseating. Europa Report is different, as the film is told through surveillance cameras, aboard a state of the art space ship. Europa is a privately funded mission to the sixth moon of Saturn, to investigate strange heat signatures detected by NASA, that could be alien lifeforms. The cinematography was better than most of these film, and there was somewhat of a back story, however Europa Report is really not much different than a million other similar films. Nothing really happens until they reach their destination, they find something strange, and then must decide if fighting for their lives is worth the potential for scientific discovery. I bet you can name a dozen other films that were similar. As for the cast, they were just like film, in that they were very average, with little to nothing of note. Science Fiction is my favorite genre and I'm always hoping these films will show me something new and excited, but as with Apollo 18, Mission To Mars, Sunshine, and Moon, I was extremely disappointed. Europa Report wasn't a bad film, but it wasn't unique in any way. If you haven't seen many films, you may be wowed by something like this, but if you're like me, all you're going to find is a very boring and unimaginative film.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2014
    The Abyss meets The Blair Witch Project in space. There's some striking imagery here and decent performances, and the structure is interesting though not always successful, but the story lacks a unique hook and the middle section is a bit slow. The science, however, is never less than convincing.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2014
    A fascinating science-fiction thriller, Europa Report is a well-crafted found footage film. The plot follows a lost manned mission that was sent to explore an ice field on Jupiter's fourth largest moon. The story is full of mystery and intrigue, as it starts with the mission being lost and slowly reveals what happened. And, the cast is quite strong; as they give their characters considerable amounts of personality and depth. Europa Report is an entertaining and compelling adventure that does an excellent job at using the found footage genre.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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