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Europa Report (2013)

  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 5,499 votes 
  • Genre: Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Runtime: USA:90 min | 97 min (Extended Version)
  • Filming Location: Cine Magic Studios, Brooklyn, New York City, USA
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Europa Report (2013)

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  • IMDb page: Europa Report (2013)
  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 5,499 votes 
  • Genre: Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Runtime: USA:90 min | 97 min (Extended Version)
  • Filming Location: Cine Magic Studios, Brooklyn, New York City, USA
  • Gross: $22,243 (USA) (2 August 2013)
  • Director: Sebasti├ín Cordero
  • Stars: Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Michael Nyqvist | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Bear McCreary   
  • Soundtrack: Albatross
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Astronaut | Trapped In Space | Jupiter The Planet

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Philip Gelatt  screenplay

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Factual errors: Mission commander states, "Command Module Jettison" upon initial launch. The Command Module will be necessary to the flight and would not be jettisoned.

    Plot: An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.  »

    Story: An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon.


    Synopsis: The whole movie is made to look like it was made from a collection of recovered video footage. The movie begins with an introductory screen saying "The Europa One mission was the first attempt to send men and women into deep space". Various camera feed are shown of the ship’s interior and exterior in one video Engineer James Corrigan (Sharlto Copley) is shown recording a video diary, in others team captain William Xu (Daniel Wu) is seen adjusting various panels, Dr. Katya Petrovna (Karolina Wydra) is seen fixing gear, Andrei Blok (Michael Nyqvist) and Dr. Daniel Luxembourg (Christian Camargo) is seen enjoying a floating game of chess and pilot Rosa Dasque (Anamaria Marinca) is seen adjusting panels and monitors in the cockpit. The camera feed slowly start to get distorted and eventually stop with the feed from the cockpit of pilot Rosa Dasque being the last image before a static.

    Back on what appears to be earth at that present time Dr. Samantha Unger (Embeth Davidtz) is apparently giving an interview on the Europa One mission saying " These were the last few images from the Europa One craft at that time it had already traveled further than any human being had ever traveled before for 16 long months I have been asked the simple but loaded question, what happened?..all…I am sorry.." she is visually upset while recalling the mission details.

    It appears that somehow the rest of the mission video footage were later recovered and then compiled to tell the story of the crew aboard Europa One.

    The footage of Europa One resumes with the team assembled in the central living area, all except James Corrigan, everyone is upset it is obvious something bad must have happened. Dr. Katya asks about informing ‘his’ family and whether they should go on. Back on earth Dr. Umber explains she was on board a trans Atlantic flight when she was informed that feed transmission from Europa One has stopped and what they expected to be just delayed was already over 15 hours of dead feed.

    The recorded video diary of pilot Rosa is shown and she confirms the death of James Corrigan and how badly it affected the whole team saying how the "exhilaration of it all left". The rest of the team appear in various camera feeds visibly stressed and broken down, Andrei seemingly most distraught, Doctors Daniel and Katya pack James’s bag. A year later James’s death the team is still depressed and trying to cope up.

    The mission video feed now goes back 19 months 10 days and 14 hours to explain the events that lead to the current situation. The viewers are now taken back to the launch day, the administration including Dr. Umber are all excited to introduce the mission and reveal its purpose. The team pull off a successful launch and are up in space on their way to Europa the 6 man crew, the first to journey beyond the moon, is applauded loudly at mission control. On board James starts his video diary by introducing the ship’s interior, their daily life and the rest of the excited crew. Dr. Umber (back on Earth) cuts in saying how far they come and how far they yet have to go, several pre- launch interviews are shown explaining that the purpose of the mission is to seek out life in Europa once it has been confirmed that free water does exist beneath its very thick layer of ice and even heat signatures have been found in the area called the "Conamara Chaos". On board the team continues with their regular life. Various interviews of the team members back on earth are shown including more information about the trip prior to the launch. Going forward again to the 19th month of the mission team captain William Xu and Dr. Daniel confront Andrei about his slow recovery and after he leaves rather rudely the two decide that they will be taking him with them in the lander to Europa.

    21 months 16 days and 23 hours into the trip Jupiter is very close and pilot Rosa records in her video diary that the closeness of the planet brought back the excitement and the team is ready to work for the mission again. The crew soon reach Europa and prepare the lander, they reach close to the surface smoothly but face radiation interference close to the landing site and choose an alternate landing zone about 100 meters away from the Conamara chaos- their preferred site. Back on Earth at that time Dr. Umber still had no idea about what happened to the crew and stared at Jupiter in the night sky hoping that they made it. Dr. Sokolov (Dan Fogler) informs again that the objective was to do extensive surface tests with a robotic arm to find life that would have been possible had they landed at the preferred site. At 22 months Dr. Daniel says it will be difficult to get the samples that they wanted since they did not land where they were supposed to, Dr. Petrovna suggests they should investigate under the ice since there is nothing else they can do. At 22 months day 1 the whole landing craft shakes violently twice, Dr. Andrei is up in the cockpit and the camera there gets interrupted by radiation, Andrei peeks out his window and then quickly grabs his camera to record something. While the team below is investigating the cause of the frequent ice shifts, Andrei climbs down and says "Guys I saw something." Andrei reports he saw a light about 100 meters out and it was like an LED down with refraction and it definitely moved. The team investigate feed from various cameras but can not find anything although they do notice radiation interference in all of the ships cameras. Dr. Daniel believes Andrei might have seen nothing and only imagining but Dr. Petrovna says it might also be the first indication of exactly the thing they came here to find. The team still worries about Andrei’s condition and Rosa describes the teams emotion as a raw mix of awe, excitement and fear.22months 3days later the ice drill finally breaks through to the ocean below. The team is very excited and wants to explore immediately by putting in a submarine probe. They are filled with awe seeing the beauty of the completely untouched environment, Dr. Petrovna the marine biologist is especially overwhelmed. They try to head to the target zone but also notice thermal activities closer than expected the ocean is a 100Km deep the team is excited to find any signs of life. The thick layer of ice above prevents any radiation from interfering with the data but even then they get a radiation spike, Dr. Petrovna figures its coming from below, from much deeper into the target zone, the team prepares to readjust course and the radiation spike continues, they see a flicker of light and then something hits the probe lens, smashing it. The team looses control of the probe, the only way to get sufficient samples now is a surface walk 100m to the target zone. The team break into an argument because the radiation from Jupiter makes this very risky and yet this is the only way they can get samples.

    Going back to 3days 8hours and 38minutes into the mission engineer James Corrigan is alive and challenges that no life will be found in Europa. 6months 16days into the mission James records in his video diary how tough it is geting for him to stay focused. While the team continues with their daily duties, a solar storm hits the spaceship damaging key components including communications. Their contact with earth is severed this explains the image of Rosa in the cockpit being the last image received back on earth. What Earth didn’t know till later is that James and Andrei go out in their suits to fix several things across the ship, when they reach the communications panel Andrei tries to pry open a circuit board despite James’ unwillingness and tears a whole in his suit rapidly loosing oxygen, he somehow manages to hold it with the other hand. James pulls him in and takes him to the decompression chamber but Andrei was already red lighting, just when they are about to enter James notices Hydrazine spread all over his suit, the chemical is very toxic and will intoxicate the ship’s environment so he can’t enter. Captain Xu tries to keep calm and asks James to push Andrei in before he dies and they will come for James later, the veteran Andrei on the verge of unconsciousness tells James to get out of the suit and that he can make it into the decompression chamber without the external suit Andrei won’t go in without him. Andrei becomes unconscious due to depleted oxygen and James after a moment of hesitancy pushes Andrei in. The two astronauts are no longer tethered together and James in his hurry with Andrei forgot to tie himself to the hull. The ship pulls away and James is left with minutes of oxygen. Captain Xu says he can no longer be rescued because by the time they try James will be lost so he could only master a sorry. James says it was an accident and although terrified he tells them to thank Andrei (still unconscious) for trying to save his life, he remembers his family tells them goodbye and slowly asphyxiates to death. Andrei regains consciousness and howls in despair on realizing what must have happened.

    On Europa the team debates the possibility of a surface walk. Dr. Katya Petrovna volunteers and is very excited to do it. The 5 member team decides to vote and its an even split save Rosa, she votes Yes and Katya suits up for the walk. On the surface of Europa Katya can’t believe she is there, she is filled with awe. Rosa climbs up to get a direct view of her from the cockpit window. On her video diary Rosa says saying yes seemed to be the right thing to do and Katya’s one hour stay seemed to be an eternity. On the surface Katya sends back data from several samples all are negative but when she analyses a sub surface specimen the team detected an unicellular organism, they can’t believe it, Europa 1 has detected life outside Earth. On her way back Katya sees a luminescence in a dark area she thinks might be the one Andrei saw earlier, on her reserve oxygen she goes in to investigate. On reaching the area they again notice radiation spikes, Katya turns off her lights to see if the blue light she is seeing responds, the luminescence shifts closer and the radiation interference boggles the team’s mind, they advise her to get out but she is too curious, the luminescence quickly spreads around her and now she can’t hear anything the team says, in a world of confusion she slips and the team is horrified to see her signals coming from underneath the ice, she is sinking and they can do nothing. Dr. Katya sees with her eyes wide with horror a pulsating blue light all around her while she sinks deeper into the ocean, the team only receives static.

    The death of Dr. Katya Petrovna knocks the wind out of the team they stipulate that the reaction of the luminescence to Petrovna’s light suggest a complex organism and they have to leave for Earth to let everyone know of the discovery without further understanding of this organism lest they all die and never make it.

    22 months 12days and 6hours into the mission the team attempt lift-off off the surface of Europa, things go wrong from the start, the lander stalls and hurls back to the surface. While falling Captain Xu gets out of his seat and tries to release the water shield to slow them down, he doesn’t fail but is killed on impact.

    After the ship’s cameras come back online we see Rosa, Daniel and Andrei are still alive, Captain Xu’s last moment bravery saved them all. Andrei does a damage assessment and its not good, they are loosing both temperature and oxygen and the former faster than the later. In hopes that the propulsion system is still intact the team quickly goes into action, Dr, Daniel however quickly looses all hope, the lander shakes with heavy ice shifts. On her video log Rosa says it quickly became obvious that they landed in their original target zone where the ice was much thinner and constantly shifting. Eventually Andrei declares that it will take two men to work on the engines outside for two hours to get the engines back. Rosa suits the two guys up and says in her video log " that was that and that brings us to now…." It is now revealed to the viewers that the video log Rosa has been seen to be recording the entire time was only started when Andrei and Daniel are working on the lander’s engine. Rosa records this video "just in case" they don’t make it hoping someday it is recovered by future explorers. She connects the recorder to the comm panel.

    Immediately on opening the hatch Daniel’s suit camera catches radiation interference. He tries to descend using the skewed ladder and when he reaches the surface the ice underneath him gives away, Rosa looses contact with him and Andrei reports he was surrounded by blue light. Dr. Daniel was lost. Rosa asks Andrei if there is still hope and Andrei says says yes, but it was not the answer she was hoping for. Andrei says he can fix the communications module by salvaging parts from the life support, the only thing that they can do now is contact Earth. Rosa steadies herself to accept that they have to die and proceeds as per Andrei’s instructions. Andrei reaches the surface without trouble and starts to transfer parts from the life support to the communications panel. A blue luminescence appears right behind him, it seems to be underneath the ice, Rosa spots it with the lander cam, there is severe radiation interference, the light starts to come closer to Andrei but Andrei manages to finish his job, the lander goes mostly dark inside and the comm panel jumps to life Rosa immediately starts uploading her’s and James’ video diary along with all other on deck and external camera data and data from sample analysis. The ice underneath Andrei breaks and he falls reporting in his last moments the ship is about to sink. The live feed from the on deck camera start to get uploaded, from here on everything is seen back on Earth live. The hatch gives away (later revealed that Rosa opens the hatch intentionally), there is severe radiation interference and blue light everywhere, water pours into the lander and Rosa sits in the cockpit, a black tentacle like thing is seen with a blue light on its end then the rest of the organism is vaguely seen rising slowly with the water at the very end the organism is revealed, octopus like with several tentacles each with its own blue light, four lights in its head and a central eating apparatus with this image the camera feed ends.

    Mission director Dr. Samantha explains how she got the final images and how their mission has finally come back to them, she says they witnessed the sacrifices made and the lengths the team went to push the discovery further. Dr. Samantha reveals that in the last moments in the lander Rosa decided to open the hatch to let everyone see what might potentially be there and the discovery of the creature was beyond their most farfetched theoretical models and only shows how our universe is far stranger and far more alive than ever imagined.

    The movie ends with a group picture of the whole team taken near the beginning of the mission.


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Ben Browning known as producer
    • Matt Levin known as associate producer
    • Michael Maher known as executive producer
    • Jeremy Kipp Walker known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Christian Camargo known as Dr. Daniel Luxembourg
    • Embeth Davidtz known as Dr. Samantha Unger
    • Anamaria Marinca known as Rosa Dasque
    • Michael Nyqvist known as Andrei Blok
    • Daniel Wu known as William Xu
    • Karolina Wydra known as Dr. Katya Petrovna
    • Sharlto Copley known as James Corrigan
    • Dan Fogler known as Dr. Sokolov
    • Isiah Whitlock Jr. known as Dr. Tarik Pamuk
    • Neil deGrasse Tyson known as Himself (archive footage)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:

    • Colleen Callaghan known as hair designer
    • David Kalahiki known as key makeup artist
    • Joseph Whitmeyer known as hair department head
    • Leo Won known as makeup department head
    • Amanda Miller known as wig maker (uncredited)

    Art Department:

    • Sia Balabanova known as assistant art director
    • Clayton Beisner known as art department production assistant
    • Katya Blumenberg known as assistant art director
    • Tessa Brophy known as art department coordinator
    • Ipek Celik known as assistant set decorator
    • Benji Cox known as art department coordinator: set decoration
    • John Davis known as storyboard artist
    • Joseph Diaz known as concept artist
    • Kendall Fleisher known as art department production assistant
    • Gregory Hill known as illustrator
    • Dan-ah Kim known as graphic artist
    • Aleksandr Lokensgard known as on-set dresser
    • Aleksandr Lokensgard known as set dressing foreman
    • Robert Ludemann known as graphic designer: motion graphics
    • Hudson Meredith known as additional graphic artist
    • Ian O'Neill known as construction grip
    • Rebecca Perrenod known as scenic charge artist
    • Douglas Poland known as art department coordinator: set decoration
    • Stephen Powers known as assistant property master
    • Tim Rossiter known as custom spacecraft chairs
    • Casey Smith known as assistant art director
    • Peter Wright known as leadman
    • Tim Zydel known as set dresser




    Production Companies:

    • Wayfare Entertainment
    • Start Motion Pictures

    Other Companies:

    • Brower Propulsion Laboratory  specialty prop fabrication
    • Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard  production legal services
    • Marc Graue Recording Services  post-production sound services
    • Outpost Studios  post-production
    • Radiant Images  camera equipment provided by
    • Sil-Metropole Organization  funding
    • Technicolor Postworks New York  digital intermediate
    • Wayfare Entertainment  funding


    • Magnet Releasing (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Magnolia Pictures (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2013) (Germany) (all media)
    • Eagle Films (2013) (Middle East) (all media)
    • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2013) (USA) (DVD)
    • Noori Pictures (2013) (Korea) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2013) (Bangladesh) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2013) (Bhutan) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2013) (India) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2013) (Nepal) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2013) (Pakistan) (all media)
    • Tanweer Films (2013) (Sri Lanka) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • LOOK! Effects (visual effects)
    • Perception (visual effects)
    • Phosphene

    Visual Effects by:

    • Doug Appleton known as designer/animator
    • John Bair known as visual effects supervisor
    • Renuka Ballal known as visual effects producer
    • Igor Boshoer known as pipeline technical director: Method Studios
    • Seth Brower known as compositor: Look Effects
    • Manda Cheung known as digital compositor
    • Leslie Chung known as digital compositor
    • Darrell Claunch known as digital compositor
    • Brian Cuartero known as digital compositor
    • Aleksandar Djordjevic known as compositing supervisor: method studios
    • Adam Gandola known as visual effects artist
    • Dan Giraldo known as digital compositor
    • Nat Jencks known as additional vfx
    • Kevin Michael Jones known as digital compositor
    • Alice Kahn known as visual effects coordinator: Method Studios, New York
    • Alexander Koehl known as digital compositor
    • John LePore known as lead designer/animator: Perception
    • Mark Lieberman known as digital compositor
    • Michael McDougall known as digital effects
    • Eddie Porter known as lead digital artist: Phosphene
    • Greg Radcliffe known as digital compositor
    • Aaron Raff known as visual effects artist
    • Jim Rider known as visual effects supervisor: method studios
    • Mark Russell known as visual effects consultant
    • Wendy Seddon known as digital compositor
    • Naz Shams known as visual effects coordinator
    • Raven Sia known as visual effects producer: method studios
    • Greg M. Silverman known as visual effects artist
    • Tonya Smay known as digital compositor
    • Jesse Spielman known as digital compositor
    • Ben Sumner known as digital compositor
    • Brendan Taylor known as digital compositor
    • Jamie Tracey known as visual effects coordinator
    • Bryan Wengroff known as visual effects coordinator
    • Scott Winston known as digital compositor
    • Jörg Wohnsiedler known as roto artist
    • Jeff Wozniak known as visual effects supervisor: LOOK! Effects
    • Jd Yepes known as digital compositor

    MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and peril



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