For those unaware of the new movie “Europa Report”, which very likely is almost every single one of you, pay attention: this is a movie you want to see.
The movie, a near-future, found footage style science fiction movie, follows six astronauts as they travel to Jupiter’s moon Europa. It’s directed by Sebastian Cordeo, who in the past directed… um… honestly, I’d never heard of any of the movies he’d directed before, but based on this movie I suspect that they’re pretty good and will be viewing them as soon as possible. The pacing of the movie is deliberate, but never slow, and Cordeo makes good use of silent pauses to keep tension at a steady level. The story is simple, but not stupid. The deeper message is there, but they let you think about it rather than shoving it in your face like you’re an idiot, which I appreciate quite a lot.
“This movie is good to go!”
The cast is, frankly, fantastic. And as a true ensemble cast there is no one lead, so every part must be strong; and they all are. You’ll know some of the actors: Sharlto Copley, best known from another nerd-porn movie “District 9”, is truly touching. Michael Nyqvist, who is probably most known for playing the lead in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and sequels, is perfect as a gruff engineer, balancing a touch of menace with healthy doses of emotional fragility. Karolina Wydra, who I know best from “House M.D.” where she played House’s prostitute wife, but is also currently in “True Blood”, handles the role of the idealist scientist deftly. Anamaria Marinca was simply amazing, and when she hurt, you hurt. Embeth Davidtz (who you know from… well… a lot) as the non-narrator keeps you wanting more. All the rest of the cast? Also awesome.
In space, no one can hear you eat Skittles.
The special effects are believable, never overdone, and make you want to go into space. Well, make you want to go into space even more. The soundtrack is of special mention, as it captures the feeling of the film perfectly without ever getting in the way. It should be noted that the soundtrack was done by Bear McCreary, who has done some of the best sci-fi soundtracks out there: “Battlestar Galactica”, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, “The Walking Dead”… it’s no wonder the movie sounds as good as it does.
Tell me you don’t want to be standing right there. Right. Now.
All said, there is very little about the movie I didn’t enjoy. The fact that the science was treated as actual science, and not something that just got in the way of the plot, was more than refreshing. It wasn’t a 2 week trip to Jupiter, it was a 2 year trip. There is no artificial gravity without spinning part of the spaceship. The acting felt honest. The movie never felt overdone or gratuitous. And in the end, all I really wanted was for their mission to actually happen in real life, which is the sign of a good sci-fi story.
Please let me tag along if you actually launch this mission.
The movie is already out on iTunes and Google Play, and is due out in theaters on August 2nd. Go see it.