Distribution/Production Company: Magnet Releasing, Wayfare Entertainment, Start Motion Pictures
Directed By: Sebastián Cordero
Written By: Philip Gelatt
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Anamaria Marinca, Christian Camargo, Karolina Wydra, Embeth Davidtz, Dan Fogler
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action and peril
I often find myself hearing the word “awesome” incorrectly in every day conversation. If we’re being brutally honest here, I too have used the word on more than one occasion. It is too often used to describe things that in no way actually inspire awe. In the case of the new science fiction thriller EUROPA REPORT (in theaters and on demand now), however, the film inspires such an immense sense of awe, the most accurate thing I can say when describing the film to friends and family is, “this film is truly awesome!”
Inspiring awe and amazement within an audience on a limited budget can often be impossible with filmmakers finding themselves unable to accomplish their vision and, at times, leaving us in the middle of an emotional wasteland with no direction or understanding of what just occurred. Sebastian Cordero and Screenwriter Philip Gelatt, along with an outstanding team of actors and crew, regardless of any possible financial restrictions, were able to inspire within us a feeling of discovery, imagination, and human perseverance in the face of the complete and absolute unknown.
On November 16th, 2011, NASA, in the search for life beyond the confines of Earth, received data from the Galileo space probe that appeared to show a discovery of a vast supply of liquid water below the icy surface of the Jupiter Moon: Europa. Excited by the possibility that there could perhaps be many more such lakes in the more shallow ice regions of Europa, scientists were driven by the possibility that such expanses of water may provide some form of habitation for life. The privately funded Europa One Mission was devised and created to send a small crew of the world’s best scientists, engineers, and astronauts further than any human being had traveled before. The mission was to discover what mysteries Europa may hold for science and, perhaps, the future of the human race and its role in the universe.