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My review for Europa Report. I have to give this movie credit. Science fiction films like this are not done enough by Hollywood.

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cauwel3 says:


Orca Flotta says:

Jeeze, for a movien critic this guy is pretty much clueless. Doesn’t know how to pronounce the actors’ names, doesn’t know Embeth Davidtz, calls it a found footage movie even though it was clearly a “documentary made from archived footage”.

Ruud Peeters says:

Just saw the movie, thought it was pretty good! Had a lot of tense and visual effects (even though the budget was small)!

Street Skater 66 says:

Knowing we have not even been to the moon and the ISS is fake and that satellites are too I find it hard to watch space travel bullshit films these days.

jsf333 says:

(SPOILERS)I liked it,but I think if humans were to go to Europa they would first have unmanned probes survey the landscapes and gather data and there would be very little human interaction with the surface if any.The idea of sending the whole crew down to gather data on an (unknown) surface isn’t very realistic.Risking the potential loss of data and would just be plain stupid.The ending I thought was pretty good,but I agree there was no emotional connection with the characters accept for James because you got at least some of a background with him,the others not so much,but the scene where katya dies was sad.

Leah R says:

Okay, now I have seen it. I don’t know how I missed this one. I am all in when it comes to space exploration movies. Except Prometheus-it actually hurts me to say that as I waited forever for that one and was bitterly disappointed with story but not with the acting. This movie, loved it. the story and the ending-very interesting. the character development was not the best-for sure.

Rads says:

the ending was kinda stupid

Anthony William Rich Jr says:

Kinda Good but, Too much like a space blair witch project. Regret renting this for 1.50 lol
Stupid alien at the end, looks like a ufo.

cauwel3 says:

I have never seen that film. The remake was meh.

bman2095 says:

Oh yeah, it was when I realized that this movie wasn’t going to be what I expected. They also told you immediately that someone died, and then you never saw him when they were actually on the planet. That’s another problem I had with the movie, it jumped around too much. Once it finally got going, all we had were these dull boring characters. As a result, it wasn’t thrilling and I didn’t have anybody to root for.

cauwel3 says:

What they did with Copley’s character was sort of a mess.

Kalin Dokis says:

I’m really excited to see this now! I like the setting. Europa is such an enigmatic but important planet

cauwel3 says:

Visually it looked great.

Wilks363 says:

Hmm never heard of this but will check it out thanks.!

cauwel3 says:


Mark Krawczyk says:

Cool.I missed it was out on VOD already. I may have to check it out.

cauwel3 says:

I could see that. What did you think of the very end?

z ahio says:


The movie was awesome, but why did they show that much at the end? Moving lights were great and tentacles were decent, but why did they show that octopus?! Something BIG coming from the depth would have been awesome! Not so close look that doesn’t leave anything for your imagination.

bman2095 says:

Maybe. Of the movies I like that have little to no character development (Only God Forgives, Valhalla Rising, Gravity, etc.) They all have tension and drama that I think really help pull me in. This movie had drama though but I just didn’t feel it. Maybe it was because it was a found-footage.

Giggitycore says:

This is a good movie, it is quite interesting. Not a GREAT movie, but I do love these thought expirament type movies.

cauwel3 says:

On Vod.

bman2095 says:

The problems I had with the movie is the found footage style. They tried too hard to develop Copley’s character and it seemed so forced. The problem was that he was the only one with any development and then they just killed him off not even half way through the movie. I get that it tried to have the eerie, gloomy tone of Moon, 2001 Space Odyssey and such but, imo, didn’t even come close to them. And the alien at the end was just TERRIBLE. The movie had a neat idea but fell flat. 4/10

Leah R says:

Outer space, science, found footage, exciting! Thanks for the review.

z ahio says:

That’s why i liked this movie so much. It didn’t build characters too much and didn’t make unnecessary drama and there was no lesson learnt in this movie. It was just things that happened and that’s why it was realistic in my opinion.

Ending wasn’t the best there could have been, but it was far from terrible. Almost every movie has worse ending than this one. One worth mentioning is alien, which is maybe the best sci-fi movie ever made.

z ahio says:

I think it was unnecessary, that alien was in that ship she used to escape. Aliens is a great movie too, but its ending with robot fight was so bad.

In reality you don’t have deep feelings for most of the people, but you are still not want to see them die. There’s a thing called too much character development also and this movie didn’t make that mistake.

cauwel3 says:

Surprised you have not seen it. That is the point of the channel for people to discover different movies. Makes me feel like I am doing my job.

Mark Krawczyk says:

Wow wish this was out here in the middle of Wisconsin. Great review.

Blood Squad says:

I live in Europa 😀

1.618 Tony says:

A few things seemed off about this film…
– The first guy who gets knocked away from the ship & eventually dies could have easily been saved by a bungee cord. Would it be that hard to include an extra cord? Or a zero gravity jet pack? Seems like a lazy way to add drama.

– The lady scientist astutely observes that the ice looks thin but ignores it and foolishly keeps on pursuing the luminescent object even though there’s no way of getting a clear view of it being THE ICE IS IN THE WAY!!! Kinda dumb. (plus ur alone, all ur buddies are in the ship & u don’t know the width of the ice) Not the brightest scientist.

– I thought it was a bit stupid that the entire planet is covered in ice (&everyone suspects an ocean to exist below) So what do they do?  Drill almost exactly where they landed! Even if the ice is thick after all, how do u know there isn’t an ice cave or ice pockets below that have been there for eons? Anything could happen and ur entire craft comes crashing down into some hole. Not the best plan.

– I wish they would have gone a bit farther creatively and not fallen right away for the idea that the ocean would be immediately below the surface. It woulda been kinda cool if there were mysterious ice caves stretching for miles while before u reached some sort of epic vast ocean under an ice dome. just a thought

– It would have been nice to see a sunset or sunrise on Europa before the entire crew went gurgling senselessly below the ocean.One or 2 survivors would have been nice like in Red Planet.

– I thought the communication disruption was a bit of a lazy way to create drama. I think they could have come up with a better way to create a mystery of what happened for the control crew on earth.

Over all it was mediocre, but nothing really surprised me or scared me. Also, I think it was quite obvious that they were going to find life, it was just a question of what. That itself made the movie boring because u knew they would find life regardless of how many died. I was hoping for something a bit more unsettling or terrifying than microscopic organisms and a single luminescent octopus like thingy even though it was kinda cool.

Over all, this just doesn’t seem to reach the realm of classics for me. Sorry.

Veredika says:

I think the fact that they left it emotionless was cool. It’s all about the mission

cauwel3 says:

I did not mind it. It was just a tease.

z ahio says:

Maybe you just need more drama than me. In my opinion almost every movie gets so emotional that it makes me sick. There’s no such drama in real world and no reason to exaggerate.

bman2095 says:

Alien had a bad ending? I loved it!
And if you want people to feel sorry for your characters, to root for them to survive, they have to have details. No one cares about a bunch of blank faces. The characters in Alien had depth, the characters in The Thing had depth, the characters in 2001 Space Odyssey had depth. If you want to have no character development that’s fine, but have a cool idea and have the movie have it’s own unique style (Moon for example.)

bman2095 says:

Yes but this movie also gave us no characters to root for. I obviously don’t want to see them die, but I’m unaffected when they do if they have no likable character. Take for example when Copley’s character died. It was supposed to be sad (shown by the music, the way the others acted, etc.) but I felt nothing for him because I had only known him for about twenty minutes with no development, and no reason TO feel sad.


I just saw this movie on NETFLIX…and it was ‘very intresting’…MUCH BETTER than ‘APOLLO 18’ flop that I saw!  But i’m still waiting for the ultimate SciFi/Astronaut movie to be mad already!!!.

  We need something realistic of what’s up on the Moon and the Alien Moon base up there and Obelisks that NASA denies.  Something serious with no hollywood special effects….but this movie was a 4 out 5 stars for it’s real ness in space and non of the crazy hollywood suspension in it.!

AlabasterSmudge says:

The original Solaris.

xdownintheundertowx says:

tim robbins dies in mission to mars wtf man put a spoiler disclaimer

jder06 says:

This movie was in certain spots not to bad, and in other spots very bad !  Let’s just list a couple of what the  “F’s” moments.  One, who the hell go’s out to space walk and not tether to the ship too first !  Two, who the hell wrote that one person would go out on the surface of the moon with no back up !  What the other’s couldn’t suit up too !  At least someone could and should have went with her.  This movie was one piece of eye candy with totally bad writing, damn shame.

Clint Ronnow says:

They only had one radio. And it’s systems were on the outside of the ship. In a fuse box. WOW! that was so realistic, it was scary. No one left on the command module in orbit? That right there is a huge FAIL! 30 dozen robots sent to the surface would have been a better idea, since the humans never planned to go outside the lander anyways. etc, etc, etc.
It was a nice movie, I liked it.
Now…. you know we must go back and nuke them from orbit. 😉

b11k22 says:

hey dude, you look like olly murs lol, thought i’de mention it :p also great review im watching it later on!

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