So I had a chance to watch the Warhammer 40K Ultramarines movie on Netflix, based on the tabletop miniatures wargame. It’s a full CGI movie and I have to say they did a pretty decent job with the animation. The Space Marines move a little weird in their power armor, but otherwise not bad.
For those who are fans of WH40K fluff, the movie does a good job of capturing the mood and tone of the game: massive gothic architecture, dark foreboding future, doom and gloom, Space Marine litanies and all the rest.
Unfortunately, for a movie about Space Marines you’d think there’d be more shooting and battles. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some fighting and action, but it’s mostly mooding and brooding on a desolate planet. The movie does drag a bit, though it’s only a bit over an hour long so they don’t keep you hanging too long. If you’re a nerd for the WH40K setting (like I am) you may not notice the slow parts as much because you’ll be drooling over all the ‘grim-dark’ details they capture in the movie.
If you’re a fan of the game (or just the setting) you should catch the movie, if you haven’t already. If you have no idea what WH40K is about, it could be a good intro to the game/setting, though you’ll probably find that the movie is slow in parts.