I appreciate the level of realism depicted in this film. They ask questions like "what could go wrong?", "what could possibly be out there?", "what if.." etc. In which we watch this film trying to find answers they might be able to visualize for us, or perhaps open up more questions we could barely comprehend.
a bunch of lame astronauts go to space and make a lot of bad decisions. somehow this movie takes place both in outer space and another planet (well, moon) yet doesn't have a single beautiful shot in it. i know found footage makes traditional cinematography difficult, but c'mon! very disappointing.
This patient and uneasy sci-fi thriller hits all the right notes: A non-linear story (connects with the character's lost sense of time and draws the viewed into the mystery), a largely unknown cast and technical jargon that adds realism, and a reveal that waits until the last moments. Also loved the nods to Solaris and 2001.
We found your footage from space. It was in the garbage. Europa Report is terrible from start to finish. I wanted to like it so bad, but I found myself more interested in an itch I had on my balls than what was happening on Europa. Sharlto Copley is completely wasted in this film. Worthless waste of time.
For the record, neon squids are not scarier than powerlessly drifting into endless space. That said this isn't awful - attention to framing e.g. a shot holding on a character's awe-struck, horrified eyes stands out. Can't decide whether the characters' judgement was realistically impaired when faced with unprecedented discovery, or if they wandered off the set of Prometheus. Little of both, maybe.
Interesting enough but I'm not a huge fan of janky timelines in storytelling and I didn't really see a reason for employing the technique here either. Probably would've been better if they'd stopped short of actually showing the Tron Squid. Otherwise it was a nice little hard sci-fi flick and the primary cast was solid.
Adorned only with technical precision and discreetly convincing visual effects, it draws its impact from combining claustrophobic fear with the overwhelming remoteness and unfamiliarity of space. The ever-present camera templates are amateurishly goofy, as are some of the performances, but luckily they both become less irksome as the film progresses.