"The Childe...More restless than the swallow in the skies..." -Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Thursday, July 31, 2014

An A-Plus for 'Europa Report'

Last week I went on a date to the movies. As we waited for the previews to start, one of the movies we discussed was Gravity. I am both a movie lover and a dedicated space enthusiast, so I relished the film. Even where it takes liberties, it does so to achieve a wonderfully vivid depiction of the cluttered realm of Low Earth Orbit.

My date, on the other hand, did not care so much for the movie. Her number one gripe was how Gravity beats you over the head with its themes. I had to agree with her. The chief strength of the movie is not character, plot or dialogue. Its brilliance lies in cinematography.

Around the time Gravity came out, a much lower profile--and lower budget--science fiction film had a limited release: Europa Report. Check out the trailer, which is as smartly edited and expertly teasing as is the movie.

Europa Report depicts, as plausibly as possible, a human mission to the moon of Jupiter. Real science indicates the possibility of a real subsurface ocean with the real potential to harbor life. That's right. We might have neighbors in our solar system at this very moment. I enjoyed my second viewing last night and felt the need to plug this film. Hope you'll give it a try.