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Is Europa Report the Realistic Space Film You’ve Been Seeking?

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It certainly would like to position itself that way. And what with the numerous leaps of science-logic in movies like Star Trek Into Darkness, a nitpick-proof sci-fi flick sounds intriguing (I thought Gravity could be it, but y’all managed to effectively pick the nits in that trailer). Here, I too have questions. Such as…

-A mission to one of the moons of Jupiter? What could possibly go wrong…apart from your intelligent computer trying to kill you and a black oblong turning you into a giant space baby? Nothing else? Okay then. You don’t maybe wanna try for Mars first?

-Is this a found-footage type of movie? Because those work best when there aren’t any famous people in the thing. Sorry, but don’t try and tell me this is some compilation of actual space broadcasts when I know good and well that Sharlto Copley is alive and well here on earth where he’s getting ready to pimp Elysium at Comic-Con again.

-Does it basically turn into a rip-off of Alien there at the end? Or worse, Apollo 18? Or am I being deceived by extra clever marketing and editing?

Watch the trailer after the jump and you can decide. I’ll be catching this at the LA Film Festival next month.

About Author

Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist