2013 may go down as one of the best years in science fiction. So far this year we’ve seen movies like Oblivion, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Man of Steel. We also have sci-fi movies like Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Pacific Rim, and Elysium to look forward to in the remaining months of the year. But there is a small movie called Europa Report that serves as one of the most curious science fiction films of 2013. A new clip was released showcases the film’s found-footage structure. It’s exclusive to io9 so we can’t embed, but you can check it out right here.
I’ve seen Europa Report, and all I can say is that it’s definitely worth watching. The film lives in small spaces and plays with ideas of time so well that it makes you want to explore the world that is created in the movie. It’s also one of the best found-footage movies I’ve seen in a long time. The photography of Europa Report is clever, deep, and surprisingly beautiful. You can tell a lot of care was taken in making this movie, which almost goes against the shaky cam/point-of-view nature of most found-footage movies.
The story of Europa Report focuses on a privately funded, manned mission to Jupiter’s moon of Europa. The crew is there to survey the Galilean moon, but soon technical issues make it hard to stay in communication with Earth. It’s a very minimal film, but it leaves a lasting impression on its viewers.
Europa Report features actors Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Anamaria Marinca, Christian Camargo, Karolina Wydra, and Embeth Davidtz. Ecuadorian filmmaker Sebastián Cordero directed the sci-fi film, from screenwriter Philip Gelatt’s script.
Europa Report will be available on video-on-demand on June 27, and theatrically on August 2. If you like your science fiction movies a little more cerebral, then Europa Report is a must see! Check out the film’s trailer below: