Europa Report

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

Directed by Sebastián Cordero the film follows a team of astronauts as they head to the ice covered moon Europa that many in the science community believe contains water beneath the iced surface and has the potential of harvesting life.

This isn't filmed in a "traditional" sense, the film is framed as an investigative report (the title kind of says it all) of what happened after transmission with the team had been lost. Cameras are positioned throughout the interior and exterior of the craft including personal cameras used by the crew and those within their spacesuits. This is what most intrigued me, giving the viewer a view of how life goes on within the ship and how the astronauts cope with such a lengthy journey.

There are a series of events that occur throughout the movie that are pivotal but it keeps the perspective that as much as many, myself included, yearn for space travel it can be increasingly dangerous, mentally and physically. There are elements that remind me of archival video footage of watching the Apollo missions (another thing I tend to do off and on) the exterior and interior of the ship as they traveled to the moon.

As I've stated, this is one of the many genres I truly enjoy the aesthetics of how the story was told I was personally captivated by so if you have 90 minutes and simply curious add it to your Netflix list.

As far as a real mission to Europa, NASA has their sights set on deploying a mission to Europa by 2025, and I look forward to following their progress along that journey.