RATCHET & CLANK (2016 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.3|5.0 Starsììì

Ratchet & Clank, an animated feature that bases itself on the video game, wants so badly to be an action animation movie. The meager storyline, however, does not justify a movie and despite an all-star voice cast fails at every juncture. If one must see Ratchet and Clank in action, it’s better to get the Play Station game than watch the movie.

Storyline

The Blargs are systematically destroying one planet after another which results in a deployment of Galactic Rangers. Wannabe Ranger, Ratchet (voice of James Arnold Taylor), finds himself on the reject list when he attempts to join the fight. Rejects have the day, however, when Ratchet teams with Robot Clank (voice of David Kaye).

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Kevin Munroe for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Delna Bhesania, Xinyu Bian, Connie Booth, Brian Cleveland, Jason Cleveland, Alan Elkin, Jeremy Fan, Michael Hefferon, Sun Ming, Kevin Munroe, Jin Na, Edward Noeltner, Bryant Pike, Dan Reardon, Richard Rionda Del Castro, Riley Russell, David Charles Sheldon, Jared Underwood, Slava Vladimirov, Vincent Ye, and Harley Zhao for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Drek (voice of Paul Giamatti), Grimroth (voice of John Goodman), Cora (voice of Bella Thorne), Elaris (voice of Rosario Dawson), Owark (voice of Jim Ward), Dr. Nefarious (voice of Armin Shimerman), Brax/Solana Trooper (voice of Vincent Tong), Zed/Blarg (voice of Andrew Cownden), Victor (voice of Sylvester Stallone), and Mr. Micron (voice of Lee Tockar).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. For the hardcore Ratchet and Clank video game fan, the film may suffice. For the general audience, this animated feature fails due to its inability to imagine a strong backstory and future story.

Ben Meyers

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