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'''''Europa Report''''' is a 2013 independent ScienceFiction film. It depicts the voyage of a MultinationalTeam of astronauts on a mission to find life on Jupiter’s moon Europa.

The film is presented in a FoundFootage style, with almost everything the audience sees recorded by the cameras on the spacecraft and on the astronauts' suits. From the beginning, it is apparent that the mission did not go according to plan, and the audience is soon told that the rest of what they are about to see is compiled of ‘recently declassified’ footage.

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!!This film provides examples of:
* AlwaysClose: In the name of RuleOfDrama, each time a spacewalk is attempted, the walker(s) cut it right down to the limit, never considering the fact that they are in no hurry or immediate danger and that they can go back in, recharge and come back out if they have to.
* AnachronicOrder: The film begins 16 months into the mission, when contact with Europa One is lost. It then goes a bit back and forth.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Despite being hard scifi, a few examples.
** A hydrazine spill in vacuum would most likely crystallize or evaporate away harmlessly rather than stick to a surface.
** The rotating crew module is far too small and spinning too slowly to create the gravity depicted inside. The astronauts also move normally while landed on Europa, which has lower gravity than Earth’s Moon.
** After landing on Europa, the crew is told the ambient temperature is holding at Absolute Zero, far colder than the mean temperature of Europa. Odd, but no big deal. Until we are told the ice will continue to shift more and more violently as the temperature drops.
* DeadStarWalking: Sharlto Copley is the top-billed star of the film, yet has limited screen time and is the first character to be killed off. It isn’t even a spoiler, since thanks to the AnachronicOrder this is revealed five minutes into the film.
* [[spoiler: DwindlingParty: Starts pretty early on, then in full swing for the last act.]]
* EverythingSensor: Katya uses one when she ventures out to gather the samples. From one scan she gets a detailed 3D model of the microbial life.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: Jim Corrigan, in spades.
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: In a way. While [[spoiler: the entire crew ends up dead, Rosa manages to transmit their video archive back to Earth, achieving their primary mission objective: The last thing on the video is a clear picture of the bioluminescent Europan octopoid.]]
* [[spoiler: FinalGirl]]: [[spoiler: Averted. While some clips seem to be of Rosa being interviewed after the mission, this is in fact footage she herself recorded a short time before her death.]]
* ForScience: This is the crew's motivation to go on with the mission after things start to go wrong.
--> "What does a life matter compared to the breadth of knowledge to be learned?"
* ForegoneConclusion: Zig-zagged. In the first few minutes we know about the death of James Corrigan and find out that something went wrong with the mission. However, the movie very cleverly fools you with what appears to be [[spoiler: interviews with Rosa after the mission, implying that she survived]] only to later reveal [[spoiler: these were actually recordings she made herself during the mission, and that she died along with the rest of the crew]].
* FoundFootage: One of the more justified and non-annoying examples in recent memory.
* HeroicBSOD: Andrei gets one after [[spoiler: James’ death.]]
* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: Nobody on the Europa crew survives, though for once it is not that aliens that kill them, at least directly: long-distance space travel in general and the Europan environment specifically is so hostile that they kill almost all the crew. The ''curious'' (as opposed to hostile) aliens cracking the ice under people does the rest.]]
* LampshadeHanging: The mission was funded as a reality tv show, which explains why so many cameras were installed onboard.
* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Quite hard, with some typical genre concessions, and of course [[spoiler: the Europan underwater octopodes.]]
** Even then [[spoiler: the alien wasn't pushing it ''too much''. It's just a little optimistic to believe that there's anything more than microbial life on Europa. It's implausible, not impossible.]]
* OminousVisualGlitch: What happens when radiation affects the cameras.
* PreviewsPulse: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbw9hlBnG74 trailer]] has it.
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: Multiple examples:
** [[spoiler: Played straight with James' death, although a bit of a subversion in that he throws ''himself'' out of the airlock to save the rest of the crew.]]
** [[spoiler: Inverted/deconstructed with the ending, brilliantly. How often do you see the hero sacrificing themselves to let the alien ''into'' the ship after they just wiped out the entire crew? Compare to the ending of {{Film/Alien}}.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Katya not returning to the ship... in deadly radiation... with an unknown danger below the ice.
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