Europa Report

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Smart sci-fi thriller can be intense, terrifying.
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Cooperation and teamwork are demonstrated, and some characters sacrifice themselves to save others. But there are other times when scientific discovery is prioritized over safety.
Positive Role Models & Representations
The movie shows the bravery and heroism of professional astronauts -- exploring where no man has gone before and making life-changing discoveries. But it also shows the danger of the profession. Characters don't always prioritize the right things.
This movie is more tense and scary than violent. Terrible things happen to the characters, but very little is shown (until the end). These things could be, and sometimes are, accidents. Yet when a character dies, it really resonates. Some arguing.
No sexual tension or romance of any kind is shown.
Language is very sparse but includes a few uses of "s--t" and one use of "son of a bitch."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A mention of sleeping pills, which one of the characters refuses to take.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Europa Report is a "found footage" sci-fi movie. The main issue isn't so much action violence as lots of tension and terror. Not much is actually shown (until the very end), but creepy things happen, characters die, and their absence is deeply felt. Language is very sparse but includes a few uses of "s--t" and one use of "son of a bitch." Romance and/or sexual tension isn't an issue. Teen sci-fi fans will recognize actor Sharlto Copley from District 9 and Elysium and may want to see it for him.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCriticus December 7, 2018

An Uninspiring Report

I hardly know what this movie's message was, and I don't know if it does either. If it is advocating for the greatness of space exploration, why not p... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bybunnielover948 March 12, 2019

Quite accurate!

The movie itself was quite amazing in my opinion. I've never been a fan of documentaries or things resembling them, but this was sci-fi so I gave it a shot... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHaithamB November 9, 2013

Moviegoer14: Europa Report

This mature and intense Sci-Fi is perfectly enjoyable, but can terrify.

What's the story?

Six astronauts (Michael Nyqvist, Sharlto Copley, Christian Camargo, Anamaria Marinca, Daniel Wu, and Karolina Wydra) embark on a lengthy and potentially dangerous mission to Jupiter's fourth-largest moon, Europa. Their goal is to dig under the ice on the surface and search for life forms. On earth, Dr. Samantha Unger (Embeth Davidtz) tries to monitor the mission but must deal with faulty communications. Accidents start happening, and before long these things begin to look like more than accidents. Strange lights appear, and the astronauts' options decrease. Before long, the mystery of life on other planets clashes with the reality of whether or not they can get out of there alive.

Is it any good?

Presented in a "found footage" style, EUROPA REPORT embodies the best of that genre. Like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, it gets by on sound, suggestion, mood, and the power of the unseen, rather than shock or gore. It uses its time to build a generous rapport between the astronauts. They gently tease one another, but there's very little vulgarity or sexual innuendo to turn things sour. When things start to happen, each tragedy is deeply felt.
Additionally, director Sebastian Cordero -- who also made the very good Cronicas -- apparently used actual NASA footage of things like solar flares for a very realistic touch. Indeed, it's difficult to tell the effects shots from the real thing. The sense of isolation and high-stakes survival is clearly palpable. Only a few niggling little details keep it from being a great film, but it's surely a good one -- and better still, it's a smart one.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Europa Report's scariness and violence. What's shown, and what isn't shown? Which has the most impact, and why?
  • How effective is the teamwork between the characters? What could they have done to improve it?
  • Teens: Does this movie make being an astronaut look appealing? What's a real-life astronaut's job like?

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