It is widely thought that the best chance for discovering extraterrestrial life in Earth’s stellar backyard lies beneath the thick ice of Jupiter’s moon, Europa. In the near future of Europa Report, an international team of astronauts sets off on a multi-year journey to prove just that. But once they pierce the surface of Europa and look into the lightless oceans beneath the ice, the joy of discovery gives way to terror.
Europa Report is the first English-language film by Ecuadorian director Sebastián Cordero (Rage). The film’s cast is headlined by Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), and Daniel Wu (The Man With the Iron Fists).
Unlike the film’s enigmatic first teaser, this full-length trailer for Europa Report makes it quite clear exactly what the film’s plot will entail. The interesting visual conceit for the movie is that it’s filmed entirely by incidental cameras of both the handheld and mission recorder variety. As such, it’s technically a “found footage” film, but more dynamic and flexible than previous entries in the subgenre.
There is a tinge of disappointment that what initially appeared to be a realistic portrayal of space exploration will also include some form of menacing alien beast. That said, however played out the “monsters menace astronauts” genre can be, seeing it applied ably to a gritty depiction of plausible space travel could be interesting indeed. Also, the film looks like it’s going to milk the mission recorder cameras for all their worth.
With the intense preview for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity turning heads, it appears as if 2013 will be a banner year for nightmare-inducing scenes of being lost in space. And to its credit, this preview of Europa Report also promises a sharp, tense example of hard science fiction.
Europa Report will touch down in theaters on June 27th, 2013.