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2036 Origin Unknown (2018)

TV-14 | | Sci-Fi | 8 June 2018 (USA)
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After a failed mission to Mars, A.I./ARTI is now used for the 2036 mission with a few human supervisors. A monolith of unknown origin is found there. It will have a big effect on Earth.

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... Mackenzie 'Mack' Wilson
... Lena Sullivan
... ARTi (voice)
... Sterling Brooks
... Jill Valentine (voice)
... Jake Wilson (voice)
David Tse ... Jian Lin (voice)
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After the first manned mission to Mars ends in a deadly crash, mission controller Mackenzie 'Mack' Wilson (Sackhoff) 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. Written by boboTheDinosaur

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At the beginning of the movie, when 'Martian 1' is approaching Mars, they are talking with Earth and getting responses in REAL-TIME ... several years BEFORE the Hyperlight Communication system was invented. The SHORTEST communication time with Mars is a bit over 3 minutes each way (give or take) at its' closest approach, and up to 40 minutes at its' farthest (when we couldn't communicate anyway as the Sun would directly between us). See more »

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Trying way too hard to turn clickbait headlines into hard sci fi.
12 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

This movie is not good. Aside from the obvious no-budget cgi and vfx (let's be honest here, a high school kid with a copy of blender and after effects could do better), the script is poorly paced and filled with unimportant filler that lacks any connection to the end goal of the film.

It takes itself very seriously, and you can tell it is trying as hard as it possibly can to be deep and meaningful like the various films it rips off (some WAY more obviously than others). Unfortunately, what you end up with in this movie is an hour and 10 minutes of irrelevant meandering dialog, so unaware of reality that it often becomes painful to listen to. Then 20 minutes of the film masturbating to its own cleverness.

I go in depth as to how wrong the technical details are, or how the writer was obviously inspired by IFLS clickbait "science" headlines on facebook and did basically no actual research into any of it. But rather than harp on about something most people probably don't care about or won't even notice, I'll just leave it at that.

Sackhoff turns in a typical performance. I get that a lot of people like her, but I have never found her performances much more than adequate. Every role I have seen her in has been the same basic character. Maybe she's just unlucky and is continually sucked into terribly written schlock. I'll give her the benefit of the doubt here. There is nothing offensive in her performance, it just lacks any depth or soul.

The supporting cast is your average b sci fi fare. They have so little screen time that it's hard to even justify mentioning much about them.

The overall story and writing is where this one falls hard on its face. Almost none of the character actions have any established reasoning. Everything each character does happens simply because the script says so, and the script never once bothers to question whether or not a character would have any reason to act in such a way. The ultimate conceit of the film is propped up on this illogical reasoning, as if the characters WANT terrible things to happen. This is most likely because the film was written in order to achieve the last 10 minutes of the movie, with little or no concern for whether or not that would create a plausible story.

This ultimately results in a story that you just simply have no reason to be invested in. No character is written any deeper than what it takes to push the plot along, and you never have any reason to connect with them.

I cannot recommend this movie, even as a "so bad it's good" because it's just not entertaining, and if you have any amount of pedantry in your for science and sci fi, you will actively dislike it. I, myself actually did a facepalm multiple times as just how terrible it was.


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