2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Underrated, don't listen to these 1 or 2-star voters,
This review is from: Ultramarines a Warhammer 40,000 Movie (Blu-ray) (DVD)
I have to preface my review with this: I'm not a long-time Warhammer 40k fan, and have in-fact only played the Dawn of War series of PC games (all very good) which got me interested in 40k in general. I don't play the table top games and haven't yet read the books. I have, however, become interested in the storyline and ideas of the 40k universe over the last few years, and was very pleasantly surprised by the Ultramarines movie.
The dialogue is great and seems very natural coming out of Spacemarines, the graphics and animation are much better than I expected, the atmosphere has that dark and gritty feel I've come to expect over the last few years (based-off my impressions from Dawn of War), and I can't say I was disappointed at all in this movie. Again, this is coming from a fairly recent discoverer of 40k, so I obviously don't have 20+ years of expectations this movie needed to live up to. If 40k fans thought this was going to be the all-encompassing movie that represented the whole 40k universe, then not only were they destined to be disappointed, they were also incredibly foolish. This is essentially an indie production, albeit a very good one in my opinion, and of course doesn't come with a $100 million budget. It is, however, probably one of the best straight-to-video movies I've seen in the last decade and the production value is surprisingly high for a small studio.
I enjoyed the story as it followed 12 Spacemarines on a single mission to a planet where they were receiving a distress call. The story builds very well, and is coupled with that badass, tough-guy dialogue I've come to expect, while still maintaining believability and avoiding all-out cheese. The action scenes are well done, and cinematography was well thought-out. The only issues I'd say I have with the movie are that I wish it was just a little longer (doesn't really feel short, but 1 more action scene in there couldn't have hurt), and also that the lighting feels a little strange at times -- not bad, but just sort of weird (they are on an alien planet, however, so I suppose it can be attributed to that).
Anyways, I would strongly recommend anyone interested in watching this just to skip over the 1 and 2 star reviews, because the movie clearly deserves a better rating than that. Not only that, but you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you're on the fence about watching it. Is it worth $20 on blu-ray? That's up to you -- I typically refuse to buy blu-rays higher than about $15, save for very rare situations. I will say that (unfortunately) I've spent far more on much crappier movies and this certainly deserves it more than most of those. The movie could use a drop in price to stir up more sales and I'll probably purchase it on blu-ray eventually anyways. I really would like to see more 40k videos in the works, be it sequels or just different stories in the 40k universe, because the producers have proven they can make a good flick with a short budget.