ThumbnailSince we’ve already put a man on our moon, what’s next? Someone thought why not Europa and this movie, “Europa Report” details an ill-fated voyage to this distant moon.

If you’re wondering just where is Europa, it is the sixth closest moon of the planet Jupiter and the sixth largest moon in our solar system.

Jupiter has 67 confirmed moons. The evening sky on Jupiter must be particularly moony and just how lune-y would that make you when more than not are at full?

In Greek mythology, Europa was a Phoenician princess who was abducted by Zeus when he had taken the form of a white bull. She bore him three sons, one being the King Minos, the king who kept the Minotaur. From Europa, a continent gained its name.

No Minotaur appears in the science fiction film “Europa Report,” currently available as video on demand on iTunes and elsewhere. Yet we know that things do not end well because this is a report, a review of the procedures and actions. We flashback to the six-person crew of astronauts on this privately funded mission.

Directed by Sebastían Cordero and written by Philip Gelatt, “Europa Report” is a found footage movie that has a grainy documentary feel for the sequences taking place in space. The actors look like ordinary people, intelligent and brave as opposed to sleek, glamorous and heroic as in many current science fiction feature movies.

The plausibility of the mission isn’t broken by stupid actions on the part of the crew or the need for big explosions to drive our adrenaline and wide shots on incredible CGI landscapes that make us feel like ants in the universe. Instead, Cordero opts for the claustrophobia that harks back to the missions to our own moon.

That is if you believe men actually went to the moon and it wasn’t a clever governmental conspiracy. Cordero makes the footage and the personnel believable and that’s that stuff of nightmares.

“Europa Report” is available on iTunes or YouTube.

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