Ratchet and Clank movie

Ratchet and Clank movie

Skip Stevens, The Reporter

Everybody bolt up; or maybe just sit back and watch, because the new Ratchet and Clank movie, whilst charming and fun, is looks and not much more. The “movie based on the game” reinvents the popular game from 2002 in a stylish way but ultimately fails to recapture the humor, weaponry, and adventure that made the game so good.


The movie starts off with Ratchet, a Lombax from the planet Velden, finding a robot named Clank who just escaped being terminated by Chairman Executive Drek. Ratchet and Clank then embark on a quest to save the galaxy from the nefarious plans of Drek and run into many fun characters along the way.


As far as the plot goes, simple is the name of Ratchet and Clank’s game. With a lot of jumps and gaps in the movie’s progression, the viewer is left wondering how certain events unfold or even how they came to be in the first place. The upside to this, is that those gaps are filled within the new video game for the PS4. So if you want to find out the nuts and bolts to any particular situation or event in the movie that wasn’t fully covered, go play the game.


As for looks, Ratchet is right up there with Zootopia, and Big Hero 6. With vibrant and colorful locations that differ in variety and climate, Ratchet provides sweet eye candy to satisfy the hunger of all viewers.


The story issue is one thing, but the biggest flaw of this movie is the lack of powerful and unorthodox weaponry. One of the biggest strengths of the original game, and even the new one, was the presence of an immensely large array of guns. In the new film however, all of the guns seem to have disappeared, and those that are present on screen are like BB shooters compared to those in the games.


At the end of the day, Ratchet and Clank’s great visuals and characters don’t make up for the film’s story problems or the extremely disappointing lack of weaponry that made the games so good. Fans of the series will be more pleased with the new video game and should only come see the movie if they really, really want to. Because everything that made them fall in love with the game is either not in the movie, or is scaled down to a bolt sized experience.


The WEB gives Ratchet and Clank a 6/10.