Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie

May 31, 2015 at 8:46 pm (5 Heads, Ultramarines) (, , , , )

Ultramarines: A Warahmmer 40,000 Movie – 2010 – England

“In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war.” So begins Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie. A spacefaring squad of religiously fanatical super soldiers (called Space Marines) lands on a forlorn planet to investigate a distress beacon. The beacon transmits from a castle-like shrine infested with sadistic Chaos Space Marines (evil Space Marines) and demons. With impossibly huge guns, swords, and armor, the Space Marines kill the hell out of their foes.

Ultramarines is based on the tabletop war game Warhammer 40,000. Prior knowledge of the Warhammer 40,000 world adds richness to the narrative, which is otherwise dumbly straightforward. Ultimately, Ultramarines is a war story about trust and betrayal amongst comrades. Only the uniquely baroque design of the setting’s archaic yet futuristic technology really sets it apart from any other war story.

Ultramarines strives to have depth. Unfortunately, its weak attempts at characterization and atmosphere mostly just slow the pace. Much of the film takes place on a war torn planet enshrouded in billowing dust clouds. The result is claustrophobic, with very few memorable visuals despite the serviceable computer animation.

As a fan of Warhammer 40,000, I enjoyed Ultramarines. However, I wish Warhammer 40,000’s setting was better utilized. It is a detailed world rife with imaginative ideas, few of which made it into this film.

Rating: 5/10 Shrunken Heads. The Space Marines are the greatest warriors of the Imperium of Man, and the Ultramarines are the greatest chapter of the Space Marines. Still, it seems really corny that they wear ultramarine-colored armor.


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