It’s hard to find good independent science fiction movies so I was very excited when I watched it and it was surprisingly awesome. It is a found footage film following the adventures of a small group of astronauts who are on a mission to visit Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. While the style of movie is more focused on story progression instead of character development I wanted to talk about it here because it has some really excellent ladies.
What I really love about this movie is that all the women in this are fearless explorers and at the top of their scientific fields. It is rare to find women characters who are brought into a story purely for their skill set, especially in fields of science. The first woman that we meet is actually Dr. Unger, the CEO of Europa Ventures, she works as one of several narrators to the story. The mission itself is privately funded and is comprised of six people. The two women on the mission are the pilot, Rosa Dasque, and marine science officer, Katya Petrovna. Both of these women are highly skilled and fearless.
I was so happy to see them, working in such a tight knit community, being so skilled and taking such a huge risk. Their capacity for adventure, their willingness to risk their lives on the longest manned mission to ever be undertaken. One of the great things about this movie is that romance is not a factor, everyone one who is there is needed, no one talks down to them because they are women. They are unflinchingly accepted as the best. It was so nice. Gender wasn’t important at all.
Before they even make it to Europa they lose one of their teammates in an accident that also shuts down their communications to and from earth. As the mission continues they are plagued with problems and end up missing their original landing site. The ground where they land is very unstable but they have no choice but to try and press onward with their data collection. When their probe was lost beneath the ice Katya insists on going out and manually collecting data. Though this ultimately results in her death, she is able to establish that there is in fact life present on the moon. One of the greatest discoveries in human history.
As the mission continues it become clear that there is something on the moon with them. Team members continue to perish and it soon becomes obvious that they will never be able to make it back to earth. Rosa is able to restore communication with Earth, not to call for help, no one would be able to help them, but to relay the videos they had taken of the mission and as the ice beneath the ship she opens up the hatch so that the creature outside would be able to get in. All in the hopes that one of the cameras might get a clear picture of creature so that it could be relayed to earth. While the mission over all was a disaster it proved that humans were not alone in the universe and while the whole team deserves credit for the bravery it took to make this discovery I was pleased that both women had such important roles, with Katya being the first to discover life and Rosa being the one to get the images home. It’s a fun, original science fiction story, and I recommend checking it out.