After the first manned mission to Mars ends in a deadly crash, mission controller Mackenzie 'Mack' Wilson assists an artificial intelligence system, A.R.T.I. Their investigation uncovers a mysterious object under the surface of Mars that could change the future of our planet as we know it.
Only one year after "The Beyond", director Hasraf Dulull releases his next take on the Sci-Fi genre in form of "2036 Origin Unknown". And once again we get a movie that is quite boring. Even more than "The Beyond". For pretty much the entire runtime Katee Sackhoff (who is mostly known for the lesbian merc who wanted to get laid by Riddick...) is alone in one room, communicating with the A.I. system of the ship or her character's sister via a monitor. And here we get the main problem. Let's face it, Katee Sackhoff is not a Tom Hanks kind of actress, to pull this off properly and you feel that very early on in the movie. She does a decent job working with what she is given, but in the end this movie is very monotone and yes, boring. On top you do get some shots from "Mars", but nothing that even get's close to look good at all. If you are looking for that, watch "The Martian". "2036 Origin Unknown" doesn't feel terrible or unwatchable, it just feels like a waste of time. Even for hardcore Sci-Fi fans.
It starts out very strong and does fall apart by the end, but it's still worth watching if you're into sci-fi. Don't expect everything to be bluntly explained.