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Jupiter's moon, Europa. (NASA Goddard/Flickr)

'The Europa Report': Science Fiction, Heavy on the Science

n most cases, science fiction films don't worry too much about anything being massively accurate. So it is always refreshing when films come out that actually attempt to back everything up with real science.

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Jupiter’s moon, Europa. (NASA Goddard/Flickr)

Primer (2004) Movie Poster. “Primer is a psychological sci-fi thriller about a group of four tech entrepreneurs… [who] realize they are in possession of a device that can double, or perhaps even quadruple, the space-time continuum of anything that enters it. ” – Rotten Tomatoes.

In most cases, science fiction films don’t worry too much about anything being massively accurate. Explanations are shrouded in plausible sounding jargon which is in fact complete nonsense. In the end though, it doesn’t really matter; those films are about space chases, explosions and lasers. Either way though, it is always refreshing when films come out that actually attempt to back everything up with real science. Primer is a perfect example of this and it looks like The Europa Report, directed by Ecuadorian filmmaker Sebastián Cordero, will be another.

Based off actual reports about Jupiter’s fourth moon, Europa, the film follows six international astronauts who have been sent out into the solar system in search of possible extra-terrestrial life in Europa’s supposed sub-surface oceans. Everything looks the part from the technology to the surface of the moon itself. Even the viral website (www.europaventuresllc.com) set-up looks great and, with its inaccessible pages that demand a username and password, adds some mystery to the whole project.

The official teaser trailer below has just been released and it looks absolutely fantastic. Sci-fi fans will also be glad to know it stars Sharlto Copley of Distrcit 9 fame too. So far the most specific release date we have is 2013 so we might have a bit of a weight. I’d also wager there will be some more viral marketing to come.

If the acting is good and the science is good, what could go wrong?