week 8 and Europa Report

Finished the story for this week which was about some people who live on an island in the sky, and one  man who believes there are other islands and wants to try to fly to one. Started out feeling pretty good about it, but then it just fell apart. I got to the end but am really not happy with it at all, it will need a lot of reworking before I even want to show it to anyone for advice. Oh dear. But, another week done anyway!

I also watched the movie Europa Report, which is currently available on netflix instant. It’s the story of a crew on a mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter, to check for signs of life beneath the ice. I found it to be really engaging and intense, and I think it’s one of those movies that will stick with me, especially certain scenes.

[Spoilers ahead!]

I enjoyed the intense curiosity of the crew. They were willing to take incredible risks to gain a bit more knowledge. One quote in the movie, by the Pilot Rosa is “Compared to the breadth of knowledge yet to be known… what does your life actually matter?” She puts this into action in the final scene, as their ship is sinking beneath the ice, she opens the airlock and lets the water pour in. We watch her leaning over, looking down at the water trying to catch a glimpse of whatever is in it, her curiosity present even in the face of certain death.

I really wish they would have left the creature unseen, or at least mostly obscured, as it was for the entire movie until the end. Because the movie wasnt about the creatures beneath the ice, it was about the people and their quest for discovery. So when we see the creature at the end, and its just some dumb squid looking thing, it can only be felt as a let down, a really anticlimactic end. I feel a much better close would have been the water rushing up toward Rosa, and the flashing lights in the water, and maybe a little glimpse of something moving, then leave the rest to imagination. The gut feeling of mystery and the unknown, and discovery and awe that the movie had given me up till the end was muted by that final view of such a mundane creature.

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Over all I think this is probably the best sci fi movie I’ve seen this year (havent seen Gravity yet) and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in sci fi, or science and exploration in general. This movie is heavier on the sci than on the fi, I think, and makes itself pretty believable.

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