Verge Reviews: 2036 Origin Unknown

Leading global distributor Kew Media is releasing a new Sci-Fi/Thriller entitled 2036 Origin Unknown. It stars a true Sci-Fi icon known as Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick, The Flash) and is based on a story by Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull (Beyond, Project Kronos) who also directed 2036 Origin Unknown.

The film is written by Gary Hall, produced by Anis Shlewet and James T. Ryan of Parkgate Entertainment and also stars Ray Fearon (Beauty and the Beast, Da Vinci’s Demons), Julie Cox (Children of Dune, The Oxford Murders) and Steven Cree (Outlander, The Titan, Outlaw King).

The synopsis of the film states:

‘When a scientist receives an “Origin Unknown” signal from Mars, she must investigate from mission control 150 million miles away on Earth. Mackenzie ‘Mack’ Wilson, played by Katee Sackhoff, struggles to keep her career as an old- school mission controller in a future where artificial intelligence has made even the smartest human redundant.’

2036 Origin Unknown

When I first heard about this film I was intrigued. The synopsis alone was enough to peak my interest and push me to explore this interest further. After having now watched the film I have to say, that synopsis still leaves a lot of the film untouched. Which is a good thing, there is a lot more in this film than I originally anticipated.

Another thing that drew me towards this film was Katee Sackhoff herself. Katee Sackhoff is best known for her role as hotshot pilot Starbuck in the critically acclaimed Syfy Channel series Battlestar Galactica, for which she earned a Saturn Award in 2006 for Best Actress on Television, as well as a significant cult following.

I’ve mentioned in other articles that I am a big fan of the CW superhero show The Flash. During its most recent season, Katee Sackhoff played the role of Amunet Black/Blacksmith. I really enjoyed seeing her in the show, she was a really great part of the season with the ability to be both hilarious and badass at the same time.

Mackenzie ‘Mack’ Wilson – (Katee Sackhoff)

I can gladly say she did not disappoint me in this film either. Katee Sackhoff really is a tremendous Sci-Fi actress, she can make anything look normal. That might sound odd, but in a film such as this, where the main focus is on her and an artificial intelligence it is very impressive. Especially when you remind yourself of the reality, the fact that her performance in this role would have been just her alone in the room. Yet, when you watch the film you never once are reminded of that. It relied on her performance ability and she gives it everything she has got. I’d say that is a definite reason to view this film.


As for the film itself, it is a very intriguing one. I think the crew who worked on this film did an excellent job with what they had. They very clearly play on this mystery that you are constantly trying to work out what is actually going on. I felt a very 2001: A Space Odyssey vibe due to the conflicts that arise between human and AI. This conflict and even just the general conversations between Mack (Katee Sackhoff) and Arti the artificial intelligence, lead to both exhilarating and humorous moments between the two.

The narrative is constantly throwing twists and turns at the audience. If you watched a lot of Sci-Fi, I think you might be able to see the way it is heading but for most of us, there is a lot of questions going through our minds. I remember from my first viewing how shocked I was at certain moments and by the end of the film, my mind was blown. I had to go back a second time to help me process it all. That to me is a sign of a film worth watching.

Don’t be fooled by this one. I think it is to easy to disregard it and let it past you by but I think there is a lot here worth checking out. It is a simple Sci-Fi premise but it takes some huge leaps.

Mack and Arti

2036 Origin Unknown is an ambitious film that was made with a lot of heart and I think it is one to try, especially if you are a fan of Katee Sackhoff. It is not a big budget Hollywood movie but it is a thought-provoking movie with a very strong performance. Asking a lot of questions about the relationship between Human an AI, one that is closer to reality than we like to believe.

Trailer Here –

2036 Origin Unknown will be available on iTunes, other platforms and DVD from 13th August.


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