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Monday, December 7, 2020

[Review] Astartes

If you know Warhammer 40k, you MUST see this one... This fan film presents a squad of Space Marines (Adeptus Astartes) that board a ship. Who they fight is not quite clear, as the exact villains are not one clearly identifiable. Necrons?

This is very violent as fitting for that universe. The eeriness is increased by the lack of spoken word between them. Now Astartes do have communication units inside their armor.

The battles are fast, furious, and filled with awesome effects. If you never got into 40k, this will make you go "Whoah!" I mean the marines are absolutely fearless and ridiculously efficient in their taking out of enemy forces. This is the gothic feel at its best. The action is broken up by slower pieces that, while still fully quiet, convey the mood and thoughts of the characters.

This is not a story with intense character development: space marines are not particularly interesting characters. They are zealots, single-minded, obstinate, and dedicated. Even when things don't go as planned, they remain unphased.

This is an action movie. You watch this for what happens, not who it happens to. I really hope they produce more and complete the story because it just keeps going from one "oh crap" moment to the next. As I write this, there are five parts completed and the story can keep going on.

For the quality of production and storytelling. I give this one a 5/5. Astartes is the BEST 40k fan film produced out there.

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