Europa Report
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A unique blend of documentary, alternative history and science fiction thriller, EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter's moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. 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 discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean. (c) Magnet

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is something refreshing in the decidedly downbeat "Europa Report," a science-fiction film with the emphasis on science that doesn't cheat on the tension."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"What isn't straightforward about the plot is either hackneyed, implausible, or both."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"One of the most immediately involving science-fiction films in recent memory."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"There is an earthbound integrity and deeply respectful approach to the science in Europa Report that imbues the story with a gritty intensity, lifting it beyond its B-movie framework."
‑ Simon Foster, Screen-Space
"While it does look and feel genuine at times and you're not ever able to shake that wondrous sensation of potential discovery, Europa Report fails to ever really wow its audience."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"Low key and earnest, Sebastián Cordero's "Europa Report" makes compelling use of familiar genre material to create an intelligent science fiction thriller."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"The idea that life evolved independently on Europa is perfectly plausible-and that makes what would be a fun and exciting film in any case all the more worth watching."
‑ Michael D. Lemonick, TIME Magazine
"In most modern science fiction, scientists are not depicted as noble. In the tradition of Frankenstein, they are often depicted as villains. This movie presents real science and scientists at their noble, courageous best."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The best science fiction films have no chases, no guns blaring, no zombies, no prosthetic makeup, and no suspension of the laws of science. This is one of the best of recent years."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"I've never been so engrossed in frank conversations involving landing zones, ice drilling, or hydrazine."
‑ Christopher Null, Film Racket
"There are scenes of unutterable beauty in Europa Report, a low-budget space exploration sci-fi suspenser from Ecuadorian director Sebastián Cordero."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"I'm not qualified to judge the accuracy of the scientific detail, though the filmmakers convey a genuine respect for hard science instead of the cursory interest shown by most science fiction movies."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"An exciting but subdued sci-fi thriller about astronauts on a fouled-up mission to find out if there's life on Jupiter."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Its ideas trump its method, a necessity when working in a weary genre."
‑ John Serba,
"... maintains an intimacy and a slow-paced authenticity to the proceedings that helps to gradually increase the tension without sacrificing character development."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
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