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Ultramarines the Movie
Blu-ray review


"War is not about glory. War is about victory."


"Ultramarines" (produced by Codex Pictures) is the first feature length movie to take place in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. With a story written by Dan Abnett (“Horus Rising”), and a voice cast featuring people such as John Hurt (“Alien”), Terence Stamp (“Valkyrie”) and Sean Pertwee (“Dog Soldiers”) the movie storms in with some big names.

The story takes place in the far future of the 41st millennium (surprise, I know). Captain Severus, a revered veteran of the Ultramarines Chapter receives a request for aid from the planet Mithron. Mithron is a remote backwater planet guarded by an entire company of Space Marines, mankind`s genetically engineered super soldiers.
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The films story revolves around Ultima Squad, a squad of newly initiated recruits on their first combat mission as Space Marines of the Ultramarines Chapter. As the squad lands on the planet, the Ultramarines soon come to realize what terrible fate had befallen the planets defenders, and subsequently find themselves fighting for their own survival against the forces of Chaos. As the story progresses and the squad finds themselves being taken down one after another, the members of Ultima squad must put aside their differences and rivalries, and learn to recognize the taint of Chaos before it destroys them.

The movie has a good pacing and from the moment they set foot upon Mithron, there is a certain haunted house feeling going on throughout the movie that keeps you on your toes and guessing all the way to the end.

The protagonist of the movie is Proteus, a relatively inexperienced recruit who like the others of his squad wants to prove himself to his superiors. However when he is thrown into an unlikely command of the squad before he is ready for it, he has to learn what it really is to be a Space Marine.
Other characters of Ultima squad, apart from Verenor, don’t really play a large role in the plot and apart from a few lines of dialogue, are mostly quiet observers. Like Proteus, they are all hungry for glory and honor, and thus slightly reckless.
One of the strongest characters in the movie is Captain Severus who plays a large role throughout the movie, and the voice acting of Terence Stamp really brings the character to life in a way that few of the others do. Another important side character, and a very interesting one, is the squads Apothecary Pythol. Pythol is an old veteran who has over the years seen one too many space marines die in their hunt for glory, and thus tries to teach the new recruits the real purpose of war. But he mostly goes unheard.


Captain Severus of the Ultramarines


While the animation is not the best, it still looks great in HD. Especially the Blu-Ray version has very sharp detail. The facial capture used by Codex Pictures really brings the characters to life, as every detail of the voice actors faces are well captured and animated on the screen. Some scenes are very well done, while others really have a drop in quality and could have used more polish to them. The marines could also have had some more weight added to them, for they don’t really feel as heavy as they should. The musical score by Adam Harvey really adds to the atmosphere of the movie, and is one of the best Warhammer 40,000 soundtracks out there.



"In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war..."

The Blu-Ray and standard DVD versions of the movie also come with a second DVD disc full of bonus material, including everything from a “Making of the movie” documentary, to a weapons guide which gives the viewer rotating 3D image of the weapons along with sound effects.

Judging by the reaction of people who knew nothing about the universe when I showed it to them I find it a bit hard to recommend it to someone outside of the hobby, as they will not have a clue of what is going on and some of the lines are so full of cliche that they will get a weird look on their face while watching it.

I give this movie 7/10, and would recommend it to every Warhammer 40,000 fan out there.

You can purchase the movie from here: http://ultramarinesthemovie.com/shop.php

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Sorry Doelgago, going to have to disagree with you on a few points.

The pacing of the movie was terrible, they stretched what seemed like 15 minutes worth of poor script out to 70 something minutes and much of the film is dull as a result.

Some of the script was OK at best, the rest was poor clichés and you could almost feel the acting talent cringing at the "And we shall know no fear!" cry.
Some of the CGI was well done, even I have to admit that the chaplain looked amazing in some scenes, but the rest of the time the animation is clunky and the lack of budget really shows.

All in all, it's an OK watch if you're stuck at home on a tuesday afternoon and want to watch something other than Loose Women.

4/10

40K has been waiting a long time for a decent film, it's still waiting.

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While it wasn't the best movie in the world...I did enjoy seeing Spacemarines come to life on the big screen. I would have rather followed a marine from selction into the 10th company. That could have allowed others outside the hobby a chance to understand and enjoy the movie.
I would recommed people in the hobby see it just to support it and hopefully get another such venture done in the future.


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