Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ultramarines The Movie The Review

Seems like there are a few reviews starting to pop up.  All generally favorable, so I wanted to add mine.

The Box
A heavy cardboard box with a thin cardboard slip cover.  Nice artwork and an introductory grimdark passage.  Inside are the DVDs is a really nice metal coated case, and the hardbound graphic novel.  So far, good marks, the DVD case particularly.

The Graphic Novel
I know its a novel because it said so on the box.  Novels these days don't have many words I guess.  This post probably has more words than the entire 'novel'.   And the artwork.  Hmm.  Some nice pages, but some really bad ones two.  There is a close up of a head that would have looked badly drawn in an early 80s issue of 2000AD.  However, it does act as a nice intro and explains a little of the background.  Primarily why a captain is taking a single squad of Ultranewbies into battle.  Really could have done with a better artist.  I'm sure this guy is good, but how work here lets the side down.  So, neutral on the Graphic Novel.  Nice back story, nice packaging, but not particularly graphic, or much of a novel.

The DVD Case
Is awesome, just in case you forgot that bit.

The movie
OK, it does take a while to get moving.  To be honest though, it's character development and I'm happy with the slower pace of the first half.  While they could have all jumped in a Rhino, it did help to build things up a bit, add some tension.  Animation runs from average to top notch and is mostly very high with some lovely texturing and lighting effects.  While they could have had a prettier overall movie with some more cash, they spent enough.  There aren't really any bits that I thought looked bad.  Story wise, there is one, it has some depth.  Good enough for me.  Can't say much more.  Oh, and the voice acting is wonderful.  Their choices really paid off.
Overall, looks good, plays good, definitely enjoyable.

The best bits
I particularly liked the fluff at the start, and the two bullet-time scenes.  The speeder was nice too, but sadly didn't get any action.  The chaplain is cool too, wish he'd had more time.  The other touch I liked was a couple of the heads up views where you are seeing things with a data overlay as a marine would see them.  And down in the bottom right corner little inspirational messages pop up like 'burn the heretic'.

What the next movie needs
Assuming 600,000 plus people buy this one and they make a decent amount of money and decide to make a second one.   Plasma or melta weapons would be nice in action.  A dreadnought with an autocannon.  A land raider.  And that's assuming they stay with Ultramarines,  I'd love to see an IG movie to.


  1. >Animation runs from average to top notch and is mostly very high with some lovely texturing and lighting effects.
    Are you trolling? It would have been passable in -95. Google The Lord Inquisitor, even fans do thirty times better CGI.

  2. I'm amused. :) Nobody has ever bothered to troll my blog before. It's my blog, my opinion, therefore not trolling. Coming on an accusing the blog owner of trolling though, now that is trolling. Particularly when you hide behind an anonymous. Oh the irony.

    Passable in '95 huh. What a ridiculous comment. Guess you haven't watched much CGI animation. Hell, probably none earlier than 2005. Actually I'd also guess you've not watched this movie either but that is beside the point. Oh wait, you're a troll so everything has to be exaggerated to the point of stupidity.

    Seriously though, watch this on a big screen and there are some great effects and detail. Yeah, there are some scenes that could have done with a few more passes, but those are a minority. For instance, the marines always look really good. The close ups of the main bad guy near the end, doesn't work as well for me.

    Oh, and Google isn't a verb.