This evening, The Europa Report.
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In the not too distant future, a corporate sponsored space mission is dispatched to Europa to examine a certain surface anomaly characterized as a "hot spot chaos area" which scientists believe holds the greatest opportunity for discovering extraterrestrial life. The mission departs Earth and arrives in Jupiter orbit 21 months later. Shortly after its arrival, all communication with the team is lost due to a series of solar flares disrupting the audio/video feeds being sent back their mission control. It is only later that a delayed transmission documenting the mission arrives back at Earth which allows investigators to reconstruct what happened.
It's an interesting riff on the "found footage" mystery theme, but with a solid and believable storyline, exceptionally well done low-key acting, and good solid science throughout. Real life space research organizations such as NASA, the JPL and SpaceX are among those credited with assisting the producers and writers of this film which, no doubt, added to this picture's high level of realism.
Bottom line: a well crafted 'hard science' fiction movie, with just a hint of mystery - and pleasantly skipping the needless and obvious moral lessons and speeches that seem to get wedged into most scifi films these days. If you like believable scifi movies like the vastly underrated 2000 film Red Planet
or that 1972 sleeper Silent Running
, you'll love this flick.
One of the best bits of scifi I've seen all year. Recommended!