Most of the movie 2036 Origin Unknown is Katee Sackhoff alone in a room talking to herself, a computer screen, a smartphone, or an AI represented by a giant Magic 8-Ball. Since this is a science fiction movie, it’s hard not to be reminded of a bottle episode of your favorite genre show.
Yes, there is plenty of stuff happening but for the most part it’s happening elsewhere. The movie rests on Katee Sackhoff’s shoulders to react and talk to her environment for most of the time. Of course if you don’t have a $100 million budget to work with you have to keep things simple and in the context of the story the minimal set works.
As for the story, I’ll drop this synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes.
After a deadly crash, Mission Controller Mackenzie Wilson (Katee Sackhoff, “Battlestar Galactica”) assists an artificial intelligence system A.R.T.I. to uncover a mysterious object on the surface of Mars that could change the future of our planet as we know it.
And here’s a trailer.
As you might guess, the movie is influenced by 2001 and Moon among other things. 2036 Origin Unknown mixes a lot of familiar elements together in a way that isn’t wholly satisfying but worked (at least for me) because of Katee Sackhoff’s performance. So your mileage may vary depending on your opinion of her.