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Europa Report

Science Fiction . Thriller . Drama . Mystery . Sci-Fi

A crew of international astronauts are sent on a private mission to Jupiter's fourth moon.

Actors: Sharlto Copley , Daniel Wu , Michael Nyqvist , Christian Camargo , Karolina Wydra , Anamaria Marinca , Embeth Davidtz , Dan Fogler , Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Directors: Sebastián Cordero
Country: USA
Release: 2013-06-27
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  • Andrew O'Hehir

    If this isn’t quite a great movie, it should be an immensely gratifying one for sci-fi fans tired of the conceptual overkill and general dumbness of “Prometheus” or “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Full Review
  • Michael D. Lemonick

    Kubrick’s masterpiece moved so slowly that it was something of an endurance test, even for avid sci-fi fans. Europa Report, by contrast, is brisk, thrilling and ultimately terrifying. And unlike 2001, it’s (mostly) grounded firmly in one of the most exciting areas in modern science.

    Time Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Banishing showy effects and cheap scares, the Ecuadorean director Sebastián Cordero has meticulously shaped a number of sci-fi clichés — from the botched spacewalk to the communications breakdown — into a wondering contemplation of our place in the universe.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    These characters are more than willing to risk their lives to further advances in science. That’s a passion and dedication that fuels Europa Report, and Cordero makes the most of it.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    While Europa Report does quite well dramatically without breaking any new ground, its great strength is how striking it is visually and the stratagems it employs to make itself memorable.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The sights are gorgeous—a seamless mix of archival imagery and impressively rendered digital views of our galaxy—and the science is, to layman’s eyes and ears, more than credible.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Stephen Farber

    The basic story has been told many times before, but it’s intriguingly retold by screenwriter Philip Gelatt and director Sebastian Cordero in this low-budget, bare-bones rendering of a familiar theme.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Aisha Harris

    Cordero and screenwriter Philip Gelatt demonstrate a deft understanding of how to handle a found-footage narrative without making it too familiar.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    Director Cordero manages the not-bad trick of generating suspense while keeping the overall tone cool and collected.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    A quiet, modest chamber piece more like "Moon" than "Star Wars."

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mark Zhuravsky

    While Sebastián Cordero’s Europa Report is far from flawless, this contained sci-fi thriller is shot through with a devotion to realism and a sense of wonder largely missing in films that overshadow it in terms of scale.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The real treat here is the science, not the fiction. The film’s sleek aesthetic was developed in consultation with NASA about what such a mission would actually require, and look like as viewed on surveillance cameras.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    The beauty of Ecuadorian director Sebastian Cordero's film is the simplicity of its approach. Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Given the saturation of the found footage horror genre, Cordero's approach delivers a much shrewder alternative that goes beyond the power of suggestion by rooting its otherworldly fears in authenticity.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Meticulously crafted by Ecuadorian helmer Sebastian Cordero and his team, this futuristic tale of astronauts searching for signs of life near Jupiter was ostensibly shot using cameras positioned aboard their spacecraft; their video diaries have been cannily reassembled into something coherent and genuinely compelling on their own low-key terms, if a touch over-earnest at times.

    Variety Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    As directed by Ecuadorian filmmaker Sebastián Cordero (Chronicles, Rage), Europa Report manages a few striking and intense sequences — most notably, a fatal drift into the endless vacuum of nothingness, filmed from the perspective of the disappearing spaceman.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mark Feeney

    Technique largely does the work of imagination. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The nuts and bolts of Europa Report may feel very familiar, but the movie doesn’t look quite like anything else.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    There are genuinely chilling moments in Europa Report, thanks in no small part to a talented cast that will likely look familiar to viewers, even if the actors’ names aren’t instantly recognizable.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Finally, a found-footage thriller that merits, and expands on, this irrationally popular format.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • William Goss

    Europa Report doesn’t entirely sell out to convention by the end, but the steps it takes to reach its noble conclusion reflect a lack of imagination and invention, especially for a film that initially seems to champion such qualities. Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    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.

    NPR Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    "Another Earth" and "Moon" transcended their financial and physical limitations with mystery and ambiguity. Europa Report goes ploddingly where bolder films have gone before.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    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.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Director Sebastian Cordero — he did the John Leguizamo journalism thriller “Chronicles” — serves up chilling and all-too-real ways to die in space and maintains tension even if suspense is in short supply in a tale told in flashback.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Simply put, the care and thoughtfulness that goes into footage-faking has not been applied to the film's script or structure.

    Village Voice Full Review
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