Pros: hard SF, some good twists, interesting story
Cons: slow and somewhat confusing opening
A privately funded international crew of 6 heads to Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, in the hopes of finding alien life. Before they reach Jupiter a solar storm knocks out communications with Earth. This is a documentary detailing the trip now that footage from the shuttle has been recovered.
The documentary is told predominantly via the views of two women: Dr. Unger (Embeth Davidtz) on Earth who helped plan the mission and Rosa Dasque (Anamaria Marinca) the ship's pilot. The narrative jumps around in time, making it somewhat hard to follow if you're not paying close attention. It quickly becomes clear that some accident has happened on the shuttle, but you don't find out what it was until half way through the film. After that revelation the narrative becomes linear and much easier to understand as the crew reach Europa and begin their mission.
The movie has some great twists, which keep you on your toes as you try to figure out what's happened with the shuttle and if their mission was successful.
The special effects are great and the science is accurate. The film is reminiscent of both 2001 and 2010 (which also features a crew looking for life on Europa, though this crew uses a different method to stop the ship once they reach the moon).
The varied actors all do an amazing job. There's no hysterical woman scene (thank goodness), even though the film becomes something of a horror movie towards the end.
If you like science in your science fiction, this is a great film.