With everyone’s eyes focused on Gravity and Elysium this year, most people missed Europa Report, a low-budget sci-fi thriller directed by Ecuadorian director Sebastian Cordero, who managed to pull off some scenes of unutterable beauty and turn the space movie clichés into an enjoyable overall.
Seen through the cameras of the ship, this is the story of the Europa One international space crew, who’s on a mission to search for life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon, Europa.
The documentary/found footage format fits this movie perfectly, making it feel more authentic and far less dramatic than similar space films. Against all odds, and with only nine actors (It’s always fun to watch Sharlto Copley on screen) and Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sebastian Cordero and writer Philip Gelatt meticulously shaped a large number of sci-fi clichés scene into a gripping movie and a contemplation of Man’s place in the universe. In my opinion, Gravity was a visual masterpiece, but Europa Report felt way more authentic and sent a deeper message.
Europa Report beat all odds and turned out to be a decent sci-fi thriller. It may not rank among the greatest, or be called a great movie, but it is a pleasant surprise. It’s always good to see a science fiction movie that really achieve its ‘science’ goal.