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Another chance for the sci-fi industry to redeem itself. Comes out August 2nd. It has a somewhat "2001" vibe to it mixed with some horror. Hope it can throw use a curveball with it's screenplay and acting.

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Cool....terror on Europa always works for me.

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Cool....terror on Europa always works for me.

I don't know. Didn't the aliens say in "2010" we weren't supposed to mess with Europa? wink.gif

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I don't know. Didn't the aliens say in "2010" we weren't supposed to mess with Europa? wink.gif
Yup.
Here is the exact "warning" from the movie:

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I will now seriously have to buy and finish Clarke's last book "3001: The Final Odyssey" to see how everything turns out. I've put it off since it came out in '97.

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Another chance for the sci-fi industry to redeem itself. Comes out August 2nd. It has a somewhat "2001" vibe to it mixed with some horror. Hope it can throw use a curveball with it's screenplay and acting.

http://youtu.be/cbw9hlBnG74

If by "2001" you meant "Alien", then yeah. I thought the trailer was meh.

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I will now seriously have to buy and finish Clarke's last book "3001: The Final Odyssey" to see how everything turns out. I've put it off since it came out in '97.

Not his greatest book, but it's interesting how he extrapolates the "space elevator" concept he initially described decades ago. Also references the subject matter in Elysium, the new Matt Damon movie coming out in a few weeks in terms of everybody who can afford it basically moving off a terribly polluted planet earth and living in artificial habitats in the sky.
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If by "2001" you meant "Alien", then yeah. I thought the trailer was meh.

"Alien" didn't come to mind. The reason I said "2001" because it had that whole confined spacecraft feel and dialogue to it, plus, it's hard not to deny that the castaway astronaut was reminescent of Poole being set adrift. The fact that the trailer was "meh" actually gave me hope this might be good since most trailers throw you the good stuff. only to let you down at the theater. At least it's not a remake or sequel.

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At least it's not a remake or sequel.
Considering the trailer's stylism and the producers are using the word "Europa" right in the title makes me wonder if this is all BS.
Sorta like the studio that hijacks similar sounding titles of upcoming major releases for their horror shlock.

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Considering the trailer's stylism and the producers are using the word "Europa" right in the title makes me wonder if this is all BS.
Sorta like the studio that hijacks similar sounding titles of upcoming major releases for their horror shlock.

Magnet is a start-up indie. One can never tell anymore, although I did read where the movie was partly done in conjunction with NASA. Found out some other bits-and-pieces through a friend of mind but it's too early for spoilers.

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Magnet is a start-up indie. One can never tell anymore, although I did read where the movie was partly done in conjunction with NASA. Found out some other bits-and-pieces through a friend of mind but it's too early for spoilers.
Magnet is a subdivision of Magnolia Films, Mark Cuban's movie company. It specializes in horror and cult films.
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http://www.amazon.com/Europa-Report-Watch-Before-Theaters/dp/B00DNUF7KW

Looks interesting. I may check it out if I get time. Thanks Smudge.
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Watched this last night - streaming HD version on Amazon, also available on iTunes and VUDU. Claims to have had a theatrical release but questionable. Low-budget and filmed in Brooklyn. One of those few films that the reviewers like better than the audience. The story tries to stay scientifically grounded with a minimum of melodrama. Recovered lost footage is the premise, it's a doomed mission, no spoiler here, they tell you this at the start.

Some of the more familiar faces are District 9's Sharlto Copley and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Michael Nyqvist. Also Embeth Davidtz as the overly emotional mission-control scientist back on Earth.

Movies that will come to mind are 2001, 2010, Sunshine, Red Planet, etc. - stories where astronauts are sent out on a mission and things go terribly wrong.

Entertaining and a good attempt but nothing new. 6/10.

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Watched this last night - streaming HD version on Amazon, also available on iTunes and VUDU. Claims to have had a theatrical release but questionable. Low-budget and filmed in Brooklyn. One of those few films that the reviewers like better than the audience. The story tries to stay scientifically grounded with a minimum of melodrama. Recovered lost footage is the premise, it's a doomed mission, no spoiler here, they tell you this at the start.

Some of the more familiar faces are District 9's Sharlto Copley and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Michael Nyqvist. Also Embeth Davidtz as the overly emotional mission-control scientist back on Earth.

Movies that will come to mind are 2001, 2010, Sunshine, Red Planet, etc. - stories where astronauts are sent out on a mission and things go terribly wrong.

Entertaining and a good attempt but nothing new. 6/10.

It did get a theatrical release, at least here in DC, but only in one theatre. We saw it last weekend, and enjoyed it. I think of it like Paranormal Activity, but "sciencey." There were a lot of technical details that prompted discussion afterward, which is fun. I thought the performances were top-notch. I'd love to read Phil Plait's commentary on it.

Was it original? Not much. Was it a fairly intelligent thriller? Yes.
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Plays for one week at one of the local art theaters in the ATL, starting Friday. I intend to go see it.

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Thanx for the reviews.

I'm more interested now.

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Gonna watch this right now.

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Well I sat down to watch it and got a phone call from my sister that lasted two hours so I will give it another shot tonight. cool.gif

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Finally saw it this afternoon: pretty good. It's slow, but all the money seems to be on the screen, and there are lots of credits for NASA and other scientific organizations, and it demonstrates that there is nothing like a good miniature, at least as far as spacecrafts are concerned.

It does remind one of Moon, and the 2000's, and, going even further back, Destination Moon and Conquest of Space. It could easily disappoint you, and, on the other hand, you might regard it as a welcome breath of fresh air (pun unintended).

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Yes, I forgot about this. Watched it last week. It held me. No, it's not a classic, but it is perfectly watchable and above average for a found footage film.

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I like this as well, the only thing was weak Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
the "sentinel" at the end.

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Ah, the ultimate question, was it hard sci-fi. ? Yes I saw it. It was in one, count em one theater in Los Angeles. The theater was Sundance so it was worth the trip.

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Wow, forgotten so fast? eek.giffrown.gif

Saw it on bluray. Not bad at all. I think it can qualify for hard sci-fi. I think the ending could have been stronger if it was Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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It's on my NF queue, but it's a long wait one, so I've not seen it yet.

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If this shows up on your NF as long wait, don't bother and delete it. I got my copy and had to watch it 2x because the 1st time the utter most boredom knocked me out like a heavy dose of Valium. I said, this can't be...I must have been too tired. So put it in again this time fresh as a daisy, didn't fall asleep this time but knew why it knocked me out the 1st time. This is one big POC, don't bother with it Oink.

But somehow I know some of you will disregard my warning anyways so don't say I didn't try to warn you.

The majority of the time they spent just jabbering "space lingo" back & forth and back again amongst that goes nowhere. This the gist of what goes down: " What we're seeing or experiencing is more than what past data has revealed". God goes back and around I don't know how many times.
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If this shows up on your NF as long wait, don't bother and delete it. I got my copy and had to watch it 2x because the 1st time the utter most boredom knocked me out like a heavy dose of Valium. I said, this can't be...I must have been too tired. So put it in again this time fresh as a daisy, didn't fall asleep this time but knew why it knocked me out the 1st time. This is one big POC, don't bother with it Oink.

But somehow I know some of you will disregard my warning anyways so don't say I didn't try to warn you.

The majority of the time they spent just jabbering "space lingo" back & forth and back again amongst that goes nowhere. This the gist of what goes down: " What we're seeing or experiencing is more than what past data has revealed". God goes back and around I don't know how many times.
This could describe parts of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the original Solaris. Keep it in your NF. Watch when available. Sci-fi demands patience and thought. Europa Report is not light entertainment but it is worth your while.

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Knock yourself out on this but I still think it was very cheaply made. The production and the way it was filmed mostly in a confined space was all constrictive and limited in terms of variety, There was a lot of re-occurring stuff that goes on over and over again. Basically, it felt like it was made by a senior film student with a budget raised by a lemonade stand.
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I just finished it and liked it a lot. Though no movie is going to be 100% science accurate, it's far better than most science fiction on that front. It's not like a story that takes place in a space ship is going to have any scenes of people running through meadows or dance numbers, unless they took some 'shrooms with them on the mission or something (well, leaving aside Mission to Mars, 'nuff said.) It's going to be constricted to the fairly limited space of what a realistically sized ship for such a first mission would likely be. That may be making a virtue of a budget necessity, but it's still a virtue in terms of realism, IMO.

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