Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40000 Movie
Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie is a science fiction thriller CGI film set in Games Workshop‘s fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe and based around the Ultramarines Chapter of the Space Marines. The screenplay was written by Black Library author Dan Abnett.
Advanced preview screenings of Ultramarines: The Movie received generally favourable responses from a pool of selected viewers. The film itself has received mixed reviews, however, with the CGI and animations considered sub par by some. The CGI makes the Ultramarines seem “tall” and “thin”, whilst much of the “set” of the film is conveniently shrouded in dust; the largest gripe has to be that given the detail and creativity put into Warhammer artwork, the film looks and feels cheap, rushed, and simple.
After release the film received mixed reviews. Some critics praised the story, saying that it is short but well paced and with good character interaction while others said the story was simplistic, slow to get to the action, and lacked a sense of mystery and importance. The music has been seen as a positive aspect of the film, with one reviewer saying that the score was “ominous and awe-inspiring by turn; never over-powering but lending a real atmosphere to the film”. The film’s attention to visual detail was also noted, with one reviewer stating, “Every piece of stained glass in the background tells a story”.