What do you get when you combine documentary style film making with hard science and an assist by NASA? If you read the title to this post, you know it’s Europa Report, a movie about an expedition to the eponymous moon of Jupiter. Here’s the synopsis:
A unique blend of documentary, alternative history and science fiction thriller, EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa’s icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean.
After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crewmember, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined.
I can’t say the trailer does anything for me, being short on story and long on jump cuts. However, the synopsis is more than enough to get me intrigued. Clearly the astronauts here have blatantly disregarded the Monolith’s warning about Europa.
Europa Report hits theaters on Aug. 2nd, but it goes live On Demand starting June 27th.