One might think the upcoming sci-fi thriller Europa Report was still a year or so away, instead of getting released through VOD on June 27th, with a theatrical release set for August 2nd. The marketing for the film has been roughly the same for over a year now, with a website that doesn’t really show much — just a looping video full of seemingly incidental footage involving astronaut procedures. And there were a few context-less photo stills. The teaser trailer at the bottom of the story is the only time this thing has actually resembled a thriller.
But I’m alright with not knowing anything about it, considering how often anticipation gets dashed. These concept art stills, posted on the film’s Facebook page, are an interesting way of continuing to hold out on giving audiences a good look at the film. The picture above, of one of Europa’s wide canyons I’m assuming, is definitely striking, and doesn’t have to be from the film itself to be appreciated. It’s always slightly off-putting to see two sizable heavenly bodies in the sky at the same time, though.
The below image is just as intriguing, despite looking as if it could have been a part of Pixar’s Wall-E. Since the ship is missing the textures of the landscape, there’s something phallic about it. Like, the weird-looking kind of phallic.
The last shot is the most interesting of the lot, showing the ship from the opposite angle, and everything is rendered beautifully. You can barely see the astronaut himself, just left of center. Does this long canyon/riverbed end? Is that a cave in the corner? There’s no black goo in this movie, is there?
Just to catch everyone up, Europa Report is the English-language debut for Sebastián Cordero, and it stars Elysium‘s Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Anamaria Marinca, Christian Camargo and Karolina Wydra. It features a group of international astronauts traveling to Jupiter’s most promising moon in search of alien life, and then things probably go downhill from there. At least it’s all set to a score from composer Bear McCreary, who added musical depth to Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead.
Re-watch the teaser below and remind yourself that this just has to be better than Apollo 18.