Weekend Animated Movies: Ratchet and Clank

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This weekend I thought I’d do something different and so, instead of reviewing a film, I’ve decided to preview one. What film? Well, that would be the upcoming Ratchet and Clank Movie.

So the Ratchet and Clank movie is based off of the best-selling PlayStation Game series Ratchet and Clank. The original game series premiered on PlayStation 2 and had 5 game releases on this console, Ratchet and Clank, Ratchet and Clank 2, Ratchet and Clank 3, Ratchet and Clank: Gladiator and Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters. Then, following the PlayStation 3 release, Sony released 4 other games, Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction, Quest for Booty, A Crack in Time and Nexus. Sony also release a couple of spin-offs: Secret Agent Clank for the PSP and Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One on the PS3. However, following the announcement of the movie, Sony also announced the release of a rebooted first game to tie in with the movie.

Now. I don’t want to go on about the games too much, as this is a movie post and i’ll save the games for another time. But what seems to be the main plot of the movie seems to be similar to the plot of the first game. Clank crashes on Ratchet’s home planet with a warning about Chairman Drek who is destroying planets in order to create a perfect new one to make money. The two must team-up in order to stop this evil and save the many planets he is destroying. It would also appear that along the way Ratchet and Clank must team up with Captain Quark, a popular side-character in the game series, and must also face up against the evil Dr. Nefarious.

Of course this is an animated movie. You wouldn’t be able to make these characters and locations with a live-action movie. But it looks good, of course it’ll be aimed at children, as with most family films, but I’m hoping it will carry on the same humour as the original games did. If it does then adults will be able to enjoy it just as much.

Along with the humour, I’m also hoping it carries the same feel and mythology that the games created. With the games you felt as if there was this whole universe at your feet that really needed saving and that you could explore any corner of it. As well as the locations, the weaponry was also extremely imaginary and fascinating. The style of the weapons looks a cross between futuristic and practical and there was a wide range of them that you could use to defeat various henchman and bosses.

Overall, I hope I’m not disappointed by this film. Game adaptations have a bad history when they’ve been made into films and I hope this isn’t going to be one of them (but at least we’ll get a new game out of it).

Ratchet and Clank opens in the UK on 29th of April (sadly the same day as Civil War) and it stars James Arnold Taylor as the voice of Ratchet, David Kaye as the voice of Clank and Jim Ward as the voice of Captain Quark.

Ratchet and Clank hype level: 6.5/10

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