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365 Ratings

Europa Report

Directed by Sebastián Cordero
United States, 2013
Sci-Fi, Thriller


An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon.

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Europa Report Directed by Sebastián Cordero
The very incommensurability of image and commentary reminds the audience that the film they are watching is a construction and that narrative is at essence a rhetorical form beholden to particular values and conventions, such as the climax. Europa Report is a narrative film willing to undermine its climax in order to think through the strictures on narrative film—a bold move rarely attempted even by other experimental adventure films.
February 28, 2014
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So many fact-based science fiction films make everything seem to run like clockwork, with the only snafus coming from human error or equipment mishaps. They forget what we have sought in space—the unknown wonders of the universe. What else is extraordinarily refreshing, something that harkens back to the fictions produced during the early days of space exploration, is a sense of excitement and awe the crew displays.
November 11, 2013
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This is a classic space-mission-gone-wrong movie, with obvious echoes of Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Tarkovsky’s “Solaris” and numerous others. But where those films used space exploration as a metaphorical way to attack Big Questions, Cordero and Gelatt have made a new-school “hard sci-fi” movie, sticking closely to the real or at least plausible science of space travel and the search for alien life.
August 07, 2013
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