Heat has been detected under the thick ice of Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, and there is a large chance of finding organisms living in the water. With this in mind, a privately funded mission to Europa is created. With an international crew of astronauts, Europa One is launched.  As the crew gets close to their destination, communications fail, leaving the astronauts to try and complete their mission without knowing if anybody on Earth will ever learn about what they find.

Europa Report is an incredibly tense experience, and it’s all created without an evil alien creature, a staple of many science fiction films. By crafting a film that is based in reality, with the filmmakers even contacting NASA for more accuracy, viewers are left on the edge of their seats as characters deal with all-too-real situations. The film does turn more to fantasy in later scenes, but even that fantasy has some basis in reality.

Performances in the film echo this same realism, so there are no cliches to be found here. The writing is very well done, and each actor plays their role perfectly, never becoming the stereotypes that we may be expecting. The film is also a visual treat. From the incredible detail inside of the ship, to the astounding shots from the moon of Jupiter, this is the kind of movie that works better in the theatre.

Is Europa Report essential viewing?

An absolute must see for science fiction fans. With such great tension, absolutely outstanding performances, and visuals that will blow you away, you shouldn’t miss this film.

Europa Report screens on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Cineplex Scotiabank as part of the Toronto After Dark Spotlight Screening series. Check their website for more information.

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