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Nov 24 2013

Funky Queue Review: EUROPA REPORT (2013)

Europa Report Poster

This Science Fiction thriller came out earlier this year.  I knew it was going to be on Netflix pretty soon after. The streaming company has been stepping up their game in getting limited release films in their offerings quickly.

The story is about a team of scientists that travel on a space mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa where they hope to discover life in the aquatic areas under the ice-scape.  The mission is fraught with problems and dangers they didn’t expect.

I didn’t know what to think of the film by the trailer when I first saw it.  To me it felt vague.  But now that I’ve seen it, I can say it was an interesting little Sci-fi thriller.  The story was told in a found footage style, but not like some space explorers with ‘shaky cams’.  The ship cameras captured all of the footage, and there were personnel interviews in between the mission videos.

I would guess that because of the budget they couldn’t rely on special effects.  The space scenes were decent considering.  And the planet shots were a good mixture of set and I guess green screen or modified locations.

Good acting for the most part by the cast including Christian Camargo, Anamaria Marinca, Daniel Wu, and Michael Nyqvist.  But it was very minimal in story, so the performances could only go so far.

If you’re a fan of low budget but fairly decent science fiction, then you might want to give this a try.  If you’re looking for explosions and aliens then you can probably skip it and not feel a loss.

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Geek Soul Brother

Puttin' the Funk in the Final Frontier! A Christian time-travelin' brother from the 70s. Loves Scifi, Fantasy, Horror.

1 comment

  1. Maurice Mitchell

    It just goes to show smart science fiction doesn’t need to be a blockbuster.

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