Newest Reviews
Tyger Tyger
Filmmaker's House, The
Man Standing Next, The
Rock, Paper and Scissors
Batman: The Long Halloween Part One
Salaam Bombay!
Boss Level
My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To
Edge of the World
Treasure City
Shiva Baby
Flowers of Shanghai
War and Peace
Merrily We Go to Hell
Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)
Amusement Park, The
Hands of Orlac, The
Death has Blue Eyes
Kala Azar
After Love
Earwig and the Witch
Zebra Girl
Skull: The Mask
Bank Job
Drunk Bus
Newest Articles
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
  Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie Bored Game Spin-Off
Year: 2010
Director: Martyn Pick
Stars: Terence Stamp, John Hurt, Sean Pertwee, Steven Waddington, Donald Sumpter, Johnny Harris, Ben Bishop, Christopher Finney, Gary Martin
Genre: Action, Animated, Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 2 votes)
Review: A couple of warriors are fighting with swords on a spaceship, looked on by their comrades. One of them wins and is congratulated, for these men are the Ultramarines who travel the universe seeking demons to vanquish, which will see them pressed into action when they receive a distress call from a desert planet not too far away. Will there be entities who have broken through from another dimension to tackle?

Yes, there probably will be in this relatively short animation - seventy minutes or so - made to publicise the popular Warhammer board game, a pasttime with many rules and details to lose oneself in. Whether the same would be true of this film was a lot more doubtful, as for a start the animation was obviously done on the cheap, fair enough not every production company is Pixar, but all the way through this looked like a computer game from the mid-nineties rather than a slick and glossy cartoon that could have held the interest to even a mild extent.

Not helping was the fact that every one of the marines - every one of them male - looked pretty much identical, a few armour elements apart, leaving the viewer reliant on the voices, which were surprisingly starry for a work of this budget, Terence Stamp and John Hurt among them, oh, and Sean Pertwee but you might have expected that. Alas, they sounded as if they'd been recorded in the director's front room one afternoon such was the flat, interior quality, not much help when they were meant to be outside for a substantial stretch of the movie.

Also not helping was their armour; it took about half an hour for the bullets to start flying, which felt like a very long wait, but once the marines are down on the planet they may be wearing the biggest protection around, but it must have been made of cardboard judging by how easily they were mown down. Evidently hoping we would be making favourable comparisons to Aliens, that likely wouldn't be the case when boredom settled early and never lifted as the marines were picked off one by one with grinding predictability, leaving a film that could be watched on fast forward without missing anything significant. Really, if you were a Warhammer fan, the game would be your first love, and this deadly dull spin-off would win no converts. Music by Adam Harvey.

[Anchor Bay's Blu-ray has making of and background featurettes, as well as an animated graphic novel type thing and a trailer as extras.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


This review has been viewed 1537 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (0)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
Andrew Pragasam
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf


Last Updated: