I like Warhammer 40K. Granted I never got to play more than a game or two in my time, but the world is so ripe and full of awesomeness that I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like it.
Years ago I heard rumor that there was a studio working on a 40K movie and I got all excited to see Tyranids (my army of choice) and Necrons fighting Space Marines. Then I kinda forgot about it. As all of my projects I hear about that seem too good to be true (cough cough LIVE ACTION EVANGELION) it seemed to just fade away.
Imagine my surprise when I find out that it did not just fade away, but became a reality years later!
Though Ultramarines may not have anything but, well, Ultramarines and Chaos Space Marines (which seem to be the uber popular choices to play with) this casual Warhammer fan was mightily entertained by this film. The plot? Seems a holy building on some remote planet has gone quiet and this squad of Ultramarines are sent to figure out what happened.
Let’s start with the look. The Warhammer style is spot on, but the settings leave something to be desired. I do not know if the ‘Cloud Of War’ aspect was intentional or not. See there is this swirling windstorm of dust around the actual building, and it makes me feel like maybe the makers were too lazy or just ran out of time to really make an environment. I mean the desert environment seems pretty blah as it is when you have such a rich history of terrains from Warhammer to pull from. It seems, well, easy. But for a freshmen effort, easy is not always bad.
The voice cast is spot on. You like this squad and you go on this journey with them and try to figure out what exactly happened. And of course would it be Warhammer 40K without carnage? Loads of it here, though most if it already happened and you just see the aftermath. Which leads to my second complaint. For a movie based on a game that is all about fighting, there is a surprising lack of fighting here. In fact most of the movie is spent trying to WALK to the building, then get inside, then run the hell away. Kinda anti-heroic.
But the effort is well placed. The models are true, and sometimes it almost looks like you are looking at a miniatures table campaign going on. For a first foray into the Warhammer 40K universe it rocks, and hope it goes on from here. There are so many more factions to see on the screen, from Tyranids to the Tau and so on and so on. But let’s hope the follow ups are a little more edgy and action packed.
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