Okay, I'll be honest. If I didn't play 40K, and have a collection of space marines, I wouldn't have bought this. Plot-wise, it's a pretty familiar story to anyone who knows the 40K universe: it's ok, but not a story that grabs you and makes you want to find out how it ends. There's a few moments where you think, "But marines wouldn't do that." If you know the background, you'll know that they have infra-red, sonar etc built into their armour. Yet, we see these marines using a flame thrower to light their way in the dark. Pointless, given their infravision, and stupid from a tactical point of view: nothing like a burst of flame to reveal your location! Would I recommend it? If you collect marines and like the background, it's an okay way to pass the time. Otherwise, no.
As a fan of all things warhammer, I got to see lots of suspence, action and intrigue. Its shorter than I wanted but loved it. I want them to do a necron and demonhuter movie in the style possibly manga with lots of flowing battle sequences. I purchased the HD copy.
As a long time tabletop gamer over a certain age, I've always looked at Games Workshop as being evil incarnate. So, my expectations for this film were very low. I was expecting something badly thought out and derivative (like their games).
However, I was pleasantly surprised … it reminded me of a role playing scenario in animated form. The cast contains some high profile names who are known gamers, which adds to that interpretation. The plot isn't very deep, but nobody who knows 40k should expect anything more than cookie cutter personalities from the Space Marines anyway!
If you enjoy the film, try Fantasy Flight's Deathwatch or Dark Heresy games … they take 40k and make it playable.
This had lots of great action in it and showed the true power of the Space Marine's Ultramarines core. A fine movie from the Warhammer 40K game and well worth the price. I'm just hoping they do more of them but about the other cores like the Space Wolfs or about other cultures like the Oaks or the Tau's