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Europa Report Comic-Con Panel Talks Mood, Music, And Realism

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Europa ReportIt’s clear that this year has seen an increase of science fiction films of all shapes, sizes, and varieties. This summer we’ve seen epics as big as Man of Steel, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Pacific Rim, while we’re still waiting for a run of more thoughtful science fiction, such as from Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Now that we’re steeped in the pop culture wave that is San Diego Comic-Con, a smaller, yet very effective, science fiction film is starting to branch out to a bigger audience. Director Sebastián Cordero’s Europa Report took the Hall H stage and revealed itself as this year’s best-kept secret with its minimal narrative, immaculate photography, and thought-provoking subject matter.

From Cinema Blend’s live-blog of Europa Report’s panel in Hall H, the film’s director spoke briefly on setting the story on the smallest Galilean moon of the juggernaut Jupiter, and how he found the perfect balance in striking the film’s tone. Cinema Blend reports:

Sebastian talking about trying to find the right balance between thrilling and entertaining. He says he researched Europa and the whole project became 100x more fascinating. He met with Ben and the producers and he wanted to stick to as much realism as possible. That was there intention as well and it all came together. He talks about about how fascinating the discovery of Europa was and the potential for life in its oceans. He says it begs for a story to be told about a mission there and he was lucky enough to be the one to execute it.

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Europa Report To Have New York Premiere At Hayden Planetarium

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europa reportThere is no doubt that 2013 is a big year for science fiction, packed full of films like Star Trek Into Darkness and Pacific Rim. Of course, we’ve seen some duds such as Oblivion, After Earth, and Man of Steel, but there are also plenty of sci-fi movies still on the way, and many of them will lean more towards the cerebral, including Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, and the upcoming Europa Report from Ecuadorian director Sebastián Cordero.

Although the science fiction found-footage film is currently available on Video On Demand for people who have cable television, Europa Report will invade theaters this August. The film’s theatrical premiere is set for August 1, and it will screen in the giant dome at the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. If you live in New York City, this is probably the best way to watch a film like Europa Report: on the big screen and in a massive planetarium dome.

MILD SPOILERS FOR EUROPA REPORT BELOW!

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Movie Review: Europa Report Makes Space Scary And Beautiful Again

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europa reportSad as it is, I know that I’ll never make it up to space during my lifetime. That isn’t to imply my health is failing; more my wallet. But if Europa Report has taught me anything, it’s that I no longer think my penchant for discovery outweighs my complacency for comfort and survival. And it speaks more to the film’s unwillingness to get goofy and melodramatic than my unwillingness to put reward before risk. At least I’d like to think so.

It’s been almost a year and a half since we first saw anything about Ecuadorian director Sebastian Cordero’s mysterious first English-language film, and between that point and actually watching Europa Report just earlier, I allowed the film to become vaguely monolithic in my head. I allowed the blurbs in the trailer to loom large in my memory banks, almost cementing the film as a genre neo-classic before I had even put my eyes on it. Such was my hope. And while I have no idea what kind of movie would have stood up to said hope, Europa Report makes a convincing case to be one of, if not the best science fiction movie of the year thus far, though my enthusiasm will no doubt wane once the latter half of the year’s bigger releases come out. Because it isn’t that a lot happens during Europa Report, but almost everything that does happen means something, even if it’s just a character recording a message to send back to their family on Earth.

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Europa Report’s Latest Clip Features An Emergency Landing

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This year has been one of the busiest years for science fiction in recent memory. We have already seen movies like Oblivion, Star Trek Into Darkness, and After Earth released in theaters, and in the second half of the year we’ll see Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, Pacific Rim, and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity find their way in movie multiplexes across the country. While one of the smaller science fiction offerings of the year hasn’t gotten as much attention as the larger movies listed above, Europa Report is the type of movie that is completely worth watching.

The MTV Movie Blog has an exclusive clip from the found-footage science fiction film, and it focuses on the first manned mission to Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter. Because of the emergency landing in the clip above, the crew is having some technical issues, which is going to make it harder to stay in communication with Earth as they try to land and survey the moon. The scene is suspenseful and builds a certain tension that will last throughout the entire film.

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Europa Report Clip Features The Maiden Launch

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Europa2013 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.

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Europa Report Trailer Is Mysterious, Gorgeous, Tense, Interesting, Etc.

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Holy shit. I’ve been really excited about quite a few movies this year, but Europa Report is the one film that I really hoped would be amazing. Big-budget movies like Star Trek Into Darkness and Oblivion are beyond hope, regardless of their quality, because too many cooks are in the kitchen. But a shoestring-budget film like Europa Report, despite those financial limitations, is so much freer than most Hollywood fare. Now the film’s first full-length trailer (seen above) has gotten me more excited for a film than I’ve been in months. Well, the trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity was pretty damned amazing as well. Is this what being spoiled on spacey sci-fi cinema is like?