Ultramarines: Warhammer [Blu-ray]
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A lot of the excitement around the Ultramarines Movie project came from the announcement that mega author Dan Abnett would be writing the screenplay. First let me say that I have nothing but respect for Dan Abnett. I cannot name a single Warhammer 40,000 book he has written that I have not enjoyed completely. And I've read them all. Dan Abnett is by far the best author in the ranks of the Black Library publishing company and if there was ever anyone who could write the script for a 40K movie it would be him. That said, I'd like to believe that Abnett never even touched the script. There is no depth to the plot. None whatsoever. My guess is that Abnett jokingly handed the Ultramarines Movie staff a couple sentences scribbled on a restaurant napkin and told them to run with it. And they did.
The plot of the Ultramarines movie is thin, watery, and linear. A squad of Ultramarines (don't expect them to remember their names or faces) travel to a desolate world to relieve a beleaguered force of Imperial Fists. Once upon the planet the squad walks for a bit, bickers back and forth like school kids, walks for a bit more, bickers, walks, bickers, walks...you get my drift.Read more ›
If you are truly interested in the Warhammer universe, buy the books. There are short stories in the series that easily eclipse this movie.
Deathwatch (Warhammer 40,000), Way of the Dead (Warhammer Novels), The Ultramarines Omnibus (Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus), Crucible of War (Warhammer 40,000 Novels), Bringers of Death (Warhammer 40,000)
Also, if you want to enjoy a much better story with MUCH better visuals, and actually play through it, I recommend the videogame Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. On PC or console, this game has a better story and is a lot of fun to play.
This movie shares the name of that rich universe but that is where any similarities end. This movie seems to have been made by people that have no idea of the warhammer 40k universe. In fact if you changed the armor and a few names it would have been completely generic.
If you play 40k or read the novels, you know what the games workshop business model has become over recent years. The game and fluff has always been obscenely overpriced but lately they have been milking the brand. The books are dragging on pointlessly and this movie shows how little they care about the brand anymore.
This is a movie with sub par cgi, sad plot, pathetic script, but decent voice acting. It has nothing to do with warhammer 40k and the realm that you as a fan want to see more of.
Come on gw, if you want to make people spend thousands of dollars to play a tabletop war game at least pretend that you care about your product. We spend $35.00 on a DVD the least you could do is make it something worth watching.
If you watch it expecting it to be in the spirit of space marines, and you don't nit pick the details, you will enjoy it.
As others have said, the voice acting is great. The animation is on par with good in-game video cuts, that is, good, not great.
I gave it 5 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed it. I've seen it 3 times. It's the only 40k movie existing. I'd like to see more. In time I'd like to lower my rating because there are so many other 40k movies to compare with. For now, I'm happy with the first attempt.
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Pretty entertaining Warhammer 40k movie, even if the Ultramarines are way too impressed with themselves. :DPublished 4 months ago by Joe M.
The only reason I give it a second star is because Dan Abnett knows how to write a good story. You should not, however, take that to mean that the makers of this movie do a good... Read morePublished 5 months ago by E. Kervina
I own the blu-ray and I probably re-watch at least once every three or four months. That is how much I love this movie. Read morePublished 5 months ago by truth serum
I just finished watching this, and while it didn't blow me away it was a good enough Space Marines movie, having never been done before. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Destructa
A pretty decent movie. Although it seems like a vehicle for ultrasmurf worship, it entertained.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer