2036 Origin Unknown

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2036 Origin Unknown
2036 Origin Unknown Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHasraf Dulull
Produced by
  • Anis Shlewet
  • James T. Ryan
Written by
  • Hasraf Dulull (story)
  • Gary Hall
Music byMichael Stevens
CinematographyAdam Sculthorp
Edited byJeremy Gibbs
Parkgate Entertainment Head Gear Films
Release date
  • 8 June 2018 (2018-06-08)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

2036 Origin Unknown is a 2018 British science fiction adventure film directed by Hasraf Dulull, written by Dulull (story) and Gary Hall, and starring Katee Sackhoff and Steven Cree. The film follows astronaut Mackenzie Wilson (Sackhoff) and ARTI, an artificial intelligence system (voiced by Cree), as they discover a mysterious object on Mars and witness it transporting to Earth by faster-than-light travel.[1][2]

2036 Origin Unknown was shot at West London Film Studios.


In 2030, a manned mission to Mars goes awry when a manned shuttle disappears under mysterious circumstances. Six years later, United Space Planetary Corporation mission controller Mackenzie Wilson finds herself subordinate to ARTI, an artificial intelligence system, as she lands a rover -- nicknamed "Little Red," -- on Mars. While she is distrustful of ARTI, Wilson's sister and supervisor, Lena, insists that the AI will succeed where human controllers had failed.

After a nearly disastrous landing saved by Wilson's quick thinking, Little Red encounters a mysterious cube, attempts to ascertain its origin and discovers that the cube is made of a self-assembling material as hard as diamonds. Meanwhile, ARTI, in orbit, shoots down a foreign satellite. The cube teleports to Antarctica and is thought to be alien in origin. On Mars, Little Red obtains data from an older decommissioned rover on Mars and uncovers classified information that Wilson is unable to access. This prompts her to bring colleague Sterling Brooks to access the information, which reveals that the cube may have been present the day of the shuttle disaster. Wilson suspects that ARTI's memory has been wiped from a past incident.

As Wilson accesses ARTI's server room, Brooks downloads the data on the cube and attempts to betray Wilson, but he is killed by ARTI when he attempts to shut it down. Its programming now adjusted, ARTI uses satellites in Earth's orbit to bombard the planet and destroy humanity. Wilson then sees a recording of herself, and it's revealed she is herself a construct in a simulation, created as part of a Turing test. In an ambiguous ending, Wilson is apparently revealed to have been inside the cube the whole time, and she agrees to travel with ARTI and the cube to coordinates apparently left by the aliens.



2036 Origin Unknown was released on June 8, 2018 at Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica, California.[1]


David Duprey of ThatMomentIn gave the film 3.5 stars out of 5, stating, "While the whole thing might not have the impact it entirely aims for, it is nonetheless a highly engaging little thriller with a terrific performance from Sackhoff. Well-directed and targeted directly at fans of science fiction who care more about science than the fiction".[3]

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  1. ^ a b Murray, Noel. "Katee Sackhoff stands up for humanity in '2036 Origin Unknown'". latimes.com.
  2. ^ "Screening Science: '2036 Origin Unknown' must live up to past films to be out of this world". dailybruin.com.
  3. ^ "2036 Origin Unknown Review - That Moment In". 9 June 2018.

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