I don’t go much for “found footage” movies. It seems like lazy storytelling to me. If I’m going to spend my money on a fictional film, I don’t want it to resemble a documentary. That said, there are a few standouts in this new-ish genre that manage to tell good stories and provide a good overall experience. No, the Paranormal Activity series is not them. But, Europa Report sure is. I chose to watch this on Netflix for one reason: Sharlto Copley. And, while he’s in it, he’s not the lead. And, he’s not chewing scenery either. Which is ok. He’s a good actor, with enough appeal to get a nerd like me to watch anything he’s in. The story is straight forward enough…a declassified video log of the events of the first humans landing on Jupiter’s moon Europa. You’d think it would make for a standard “space drama/thriller” and while it is, it’s executed well enough to be pretty effective at hitting it’s emotional beats. When characters die, you feel for them. That’s all a movie can really ask us to do as an audience. It’s up to the director and actors to get us there. No one in this film disappoints. Everyone is believable and I have to say, I really enjoyed this, even if I’m not a fan of the genre as a whole. There’s no big “surprise” moment, but what I think moved me is the plausibility of the scenario. I can see us manning a mission to Jupiter in our distant future. Like that popular sci-fi series always says, “space is the final frontier.” As we test our limits more and more, it’s only natural that we would explore our solar system at some point. We’ve made it to the moon already, Mars isn’t too far off…I can totally see this premise happening. With that kind of authenticity, good performances and a compelling narrative, there’s simply no reason NOT to see this movie.