After unmanned probes detect data suggesting that life may exist under Europa's icy surface, a privately funded company sends six of the worlds best astronauts to Jupiter's moon Europa to investigate the possibility of alien life within our solar system. Sebastian Cordero's Europa Report is a low-budget science fiction flick that is a nice reminder budget alone doesn't dictate good science fiction storytelling. Europa Report is a refreshing entry in the Science Fiction genre not only because its scientific validity but because of the wonderment of space exploration. Many of these recent films consist of cynical or disingenuous characters but Europa Report's astronauts and scientists are enthusiastic about this final frontier. The film doesn't try to hard to have dramatic effect but it captures how these individuals are able to make incredibly sacrifices for the sake of science. In a way, Europa Report is as much a science fiction film as it is a celebration of scientists and what they sacrifice for the greater good. The structure of the film makes it more compelling, jumping back and forth between the crew and the woman behind the corporate funding who narrates. This approach helps give the viewers a little more insight into each crew member as well as keeping the viewer engaged. This is not a "monster movie" by conventional terms but Europa Report does not lack tension, as it unwinds to its intense conclusion. Sebastian Cordero's Europa Report is a great example of low-budget filmmaking, where story, character and theme work together to create a refreshing entry into the scifi genre.
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