RATCHET & CLANK Movie Review: Big Heroes Do Big Things

Rainmaker Entertainment’s RATCHET & CLANK is a full-length movie of the original Ratchet & Clank video game, created by Insomniac Games for Sony Playstation.  Ratchet, a Lombax, and Clank, a robot, work together to try to save the universe from Chairman Drek, who has hatched an evil plot and is doing whatever it takes to bring it to fruition.  Fans of the RATCHET & CLANK video game should enjoy the film as will kids.  Continue reading for our full RATCHET & CLANK movie review, and click here for more images, trailers, and features about the film.

RATCHET & CLANK explores the title characters’ origin story, starting with the bad guy monologue, delivered by Chairman Drek, of Drek Industries.  He does some bad stuff (and some funny stuff) and then we meet Ratchet, the Lombax.  Ratchet, voiced by James Arnold Taylor, is an overly zealous mechanic who dreams of greatness.  His heroes, the Galactic Rangers, led by Captain Qwark, are interviewing for a new galactic hero.


Clank is a “defect” warbot, created by Drek, who escapes destruction and heads off to warn Ratchet’s planet of Drek’s plan.  Ratchet finds him and they head off to Aleero City to give the Galactic Rangers a heads-up.


Through betrayals and redemptions, battles (fought with some of the coolest super-hero costume features and impressive weapons, including an ingenious weapon created by Ratchet) and reprieves, Ratchet and Clank and the Galactic Rangers strive to save their planet from the Nefarious villain.

RATCHET & CLANK doesn’t have an overarching theme, but by the end, the audience has learned that employers/teams should value their employees/team members and recognize and acknowledge their skills and contributions.  Professional jealousy and how to manage/manipulate it make an appearance, too.  And, of course, heroism – my favorite line:  “Heroes don’t have to do big things.  They just have to do the right things.”


RATCHET & CLANK has an all-star cast, including Paul Giamatti (as Chairman Drek), Sylvester Stallone (as Victor, an evil robot), Bella Thorn and Rosario Dawson (as Cora and Elaris, two of the Galactic Rangers), John Goodman (as Grimroth, Ratchet’s mechanic boss).  The animation is reminiscent of video games, naturally, and the characters are nearly all caricatures, in a good way.

RATCHET & CLANK is a cute movie and fans of the game will undoubtedly enjoy it.  It’s probably best suited for tweens and teens, because the themes are fairly complex, but it’s not overly scary, there’s no gore at all, and it’s bright and colorful, so even younger children might enjoy it.  There were also gags throughout that will have adults giggling (or, if they’re fans of the game, outright guffawing, based on the audience during the screening).  I thought I even caught a few Star Wars references too.  Star Wars fans keep alert and let me know if you see them too.


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About George Gensler

George Gensler is a copyrights specialist during the week and a runner on the weekends. She lives in New York City now, but has lived in five countries on three continents. She grew up traveling the world, but her official residence was in Southern California and every visit home included a trip to Disneyland. She has also visited every Disney Park around the world and sailed on board two Disney cruises. She threw in a visit to the Disney Family museum in San Francisco for good measure, and has had the Premier Disney Park Pass since its inception.