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Ratchet and Clank

Film Information

Plot: When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe.
Release Date: 28th April 2016
Director(s): Jericca Cleland, Kevin Munroe
Cast: Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Sylvester Stallone
BBFC Certificate: U
Running Time: 94 mins
Country Of Origin: Hong Kong, Canada, USA
Language: English
Review By: Paula Hammond
Film Genre: , ,
Film Rating


Bottom Line

A beautifully crafted mess of a film which irritates and entertains in equal measure.

Posted May 5, 2016 by

Film Review

Theres something oddly familiar about Ratchet and Clank.

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, a young, almost supernaturally-talented mechanic-come-space pilot spends his days on a bleak desert planet, dreaming of a life more interesting. Cue the bad guys, with a planet killing weapon and a cute robot who escapes with the knowledge of how to thwart their evil plans. Throw in a pod race, some Cylons and Buzz Lightyear and youre good to go.

Every scene, every character, and every snippet of dialogue in Ratchet and Clank seems to have been borrowed from somewhere else – but that isnt really the problem. The occasional homage can be good for the geek-soul.

What makes this film almost unwatchable in places is that it cant decide what it wants to be. One moment were in the frenetic, migraine-inducting mania of pre-school TV. The other were desperately wondering if anything is ever going to happen and if it does, will it happen before the pubs close?

To be fair, Ratchet and Clank has many magical moments. Its possibly the most faithful platform-to-big-screen adaptation to date. Scenes play out like the best bits from the old Playstation game, with chase sequences and shoot outs that will have you unconsciously reaching for your PS1 controller. The characters of Ratchet and Clank are undeniably appealing and you can expect the little ones to be requesting Clank toys come Christmas. Its glossy, professional, and slick. Sylvester Stallone as Victor Von Ion, Chairman Drek’s villainous robotic lieutenant, is a comedic joy. Its possibly his best move – ever – and if he doesnt do more comedy after this well all want to know why.

But like so many films designed by committee, Ratchet and Clank tries too hard to please too many people. The bright, breezy visuals pitch it as toddler fodder. The soundtrack and plot give it more teen appeal. The jokes and gaming references are clearly aimed at an audience who grew up with the game and are now in their 30s. The result is a beautifully crafted mess of a film which irritates and entertains in equal measure.

A sequel is flagged up big-time so theres still time to get this right. Heres hoping.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:


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