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"Europa Report" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

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 discovery. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew member, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.

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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I had high expectations from earlier word of mouth about this flick, and though it was very good, I was disappointed with the “monster” ending. The movie is in the style of a documentary and really provides a sense of claustrophobia and loneliness that space travel can induce. The acting is excellent and the overall feel of the movie, including the special effects are top notch. Input from the scientific community also added to the realism of the movie. My only complaint would be that more research should have been put into the trip before sending voyagers to the distant moon. I mean, who wants to land on thin ice?

Technical

The film looks good with lots of details and some very wonderful shots of Jupiter and its moons. The interior shots are well lit and still manage to feel tight and suffocating. The shadows on Europa are a bit too dark and thick, but that just adds to the suspense. Sound was very good, though there were a few scenes that I could not hear the dialog due to communication garble due to sun spots. The sub comes into play as the moons ice fields start to break up.You would never know that this movie was shot on a tight budget from the sound and picture quality.

Extras

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