Europa Report - I’m hugely excited about this film. It is rare to see really good hard scifi in mainstream movies, and even more so to see a story of near term space exploration without ludicrous monsters or psychopath human idiocy. IO9 posted a preview report, and it has me counting the days for its release:
Europa Report is hands down the most painstakingly accurate space movie we’ve seen in ages. You want some semblance of realism in the story of a three-year journey to Jupiter’s Moon Europa? AND a gripping narrative, you got it.
Europa Report centers around a six-person crew on a three year trip to Europa. The cast is made up of both men and women — but there’s no drama. Don’t expect the aged Russian astronaut to drop trou with the female pilot, that shit doesn’t fly on this ship. Because they’re scientists, experts, athletes, and military folk who take their mission just as seriously as Cmdr. Chris Hadfield of the International Space Station.
The brilliance behind this no-nonsense approach is seen the second real problems occur. The first time you witness a member of Europa Ventures (this trip is privately funded) breakdown or let out a tiny yelp, it hits you. Hard.
So here then is a movie where the challenge of space exploration itself might just be what drives the story. In the days of the Apollo Moon landings it was this kind of entertainment that brought the wonder of space exploration to the masses; let’s hope Europa Report will revive that fire.