I FINALLY received my copy yesterday (it was supposedly despatched on 10 Dec so that took more than 2 months to arrive in London from Jersey!)
Anyway apart from the fact that the business processes and distribution supplier suck, what about the film...
I give it 7/10
I had low expectations having read so much negativity on various forum sites. I already knew the CGI was going to be pretty low grade so for me that really didn't detract from enjoying the film.
I think the story was actually pretty good. It had good pacing. Set up the characters fairly well. Didn't pander to the MTV generation by moving too quickly into the action. Personally I would actually have liked a little more exposition (not about the 40k universe but to the story itself). For example, while we have the graphic novel to explain why it was just a squad of novice SMs, why not have a short scene (could have been Severus and Pythol talking as they readied their battle gear) to explain it - ie it was a hard choice to make but we simply couldn't spare any other Battle Brothers from the fight with the Tyrannids on Algol for what might be a wild goose chase and anyway it will be a good testing mission for the new guys!
Some people have complained about the walking and more walking. Errr I don't see the problem. It didn't go on THAT long and it was used to again set up characters and build tension.
So for me the story/script gets a big thumbs up but could have had just a little more exposition.
The music was spot on as was the overall look and feel. It definitely captured the 40k atmosphere.
Some people have complained it is only 76 mins long (inc credits). People need to realise that this has been made with a view to potential TV sales and this is the EXACT length needed for a 90 minute commercial TV slot (to allow for advert breaks). I have no problem with the length.
People have complained about the "old" space marines. Again I do not really have a problem. As far as I recall it doesn't actually say anywhere in the fluff that SMs are immortal. I have just assumed that they grow old at a slower pace.
The one real beef I do have with the film is the SPOILER ALERT...
...empty strike cruiser on their return. Where are the Chapter serfs or Servitors? This could have easily been covered with a couple walking in the background and, when the trouble starts, a few dead bodies in the hallways.
SPOILER OVER (sorry I don't know the spoiler tags)
Now could the film have been better - sure! However, they will never have AVATAR size budgets ($200m - which is more than the annual revenue of GW).
I would have loved to see BIGGER battles etc but for a first attempt I think this was pretty good (except the CGI - which is a shame).
I truly hope this is a success as it will give confidence to do another with, perhaps, a bigger budget!