Europa Report: A Closer Look Europa Report gives its viewers a unique perspective into the life of deep space exploration. This film combines the Sci-fi thriller with the Documentary type film in a spectacular way. In typical sci-fi thrillers, danger takes the shape of an alien, a virus, or some sort of space madness that picks off the members of a spaceship’s crew one by one, and this film does Just that.
Sebastian Cordero, the director of the film, strives for absolute realism using fantastic set design and a documentary footage style in its depiction of a manned mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter with liquid water that resents the best chance for finding extraterrestrial life in our solar system. Europa Report focuses on the preface of discovering extraterrestrial life within our solar system. Scientists have discovered that Jupiter’s 4th largest moon, Europa, has a hot, molten core.
That means that beneath Europa’s thick crust of ice, there’s liquid water and super-hot undersea vents, much like those on earth where it’s believed early life on this planet may have began. Europa may be the most likely place for us to find life in our solar system, and Europa Report is a dramatization of what a mission to Europa searching for it might be like. There are cameras mounted everywhere in Europa One’s confines, which are supposed to allow people on Earth to follow along with the mission’s progress.
But six months into the three-year-long mission, something goes wrong which prevents anyone on Earth knowing what’s happening from there on out. The audience knows the scenario the incident creates from the start of the film but they have to wait until halfway through before knowing what the incident actually is. One is lead to believe that in most found footage films that you’re upposed to be watching a documentary that has been edited for short and emotional impact, but Europa Report goes a step further. The film actually includes all kinds of advanced filming techniques.
It’s chronologically out of order, there’s extensive use of split-screen shots, there’s misdirection throughout, and the audience really never knows who is alive and who is dead. None of this makes any sense if you think of Europa Report as a simple “report” as the title implies. Sebastian takes his film in an entirely new direction of filming brilliance. The point of view aspect llowed us to see a much more modern way of filming. The point of view was first person and was either a close-up of their face, or it was a view of what they were looking at during that clip.
The close ups of their faces allowed us to view the situation in much different terms. We were able to see what was going on and the emotions felt without them using any dialogue. In fact the first half of the film had little dialogue, while drawing the viewer further into its grasp. The characters facial expressions displayed it all to the audience, especially in serious parts of the film. For example, when one of the characters gave his life to save his friend, pushing him into the airlock, knowing that newton’s laws would push him drifting aimlessly into space, slowly loosing oxygen.
Viewers witnessed the horror, and happiness in his face, knowing that he had saved his colleagues life. Another modern technique that was mentioned above was Sebastian’s use of angles. He almost never used a shot that viewers would consider “up and down”. All of his shots were angled or upside down. Doing this added to the effect of zero gravity. Because in space, there is no up, down, orizontal or vertical. Doing this really let us view the story like we were actually in space.
Sebastian would use subtle shots to imprint an idea, for example, he would shoot through the windows of the craft to show hoe truly insignificant we are compared to the cosmos. With these very modern ways of filming, we could get a much better perspective and really walk in the shoes of the characters. It added to the overall quality of the film. Another technique used was the use of foreshadowing. Every time there would be static in a scene, a character would die, or something bad would happen. These stylist techniques allowed us to see the plot of the film with much deeper meaning and importance.
Overall this film was very well casted. All of them were able to put on an act that showed that they were part of a family and were very family oriented. The actors were able to appeal to our pathos by seeing the sweeter side of them and their mission. They were also able to act very intense and use very convincing facial expressions. In the end, every crewmember gave their life hoping that someday, someone would discover the data that they had given their life to find. The final sacrifice was to stablish contact with earth, at the expense of the life support system.
The entire crew was lost, but their discoveries lived on. Europa Report Clearly illustrates the human desire to explore the unknown, we want to go farther, we want to go faster, and we want to be the first to do anything. That is what humanity is for, to be better. While Europa Report works as a celebration of humanity and its thirst for knowledge, it’s also about Just how insignificant we are compared to the majesty of the universe; and while this duality isn’t necessarily new, Europa Report manages to make it not just astonishing, but horrifying.