Ratchet & Clank

 (1,320)5.61 h 34 min2016X-RayPG
Based on the popular video game, a spunky Lombax and a defective robot join forces to try and save the world.
Directors
Kevin MunroeJerrica Cleland
Starring
Paul GiamattiJohn GoodmanBella Thorne
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AnimationKids
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Rosario DawsonJim WardJames Arnold TaylorDavid KayeSylvester Stallone
Producers
Kim Dent WilderBrad FoxhovenDavid Wohl
Studio
Gramercy Pictures
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1320 global ratings

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HRSReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie and adaptation
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I thought that this movie was pretty good. Not great but certainty one of the better movies adapted from video games. Not a particularly difficult achievement but a rare one. The movie actually matched the content of the game while trimming things up so as to not bog you down in too much game play details.

The characters of Ratchet, Clank, and Quark pretty much matched what anyone familiar with the series would expect, While I found Drek and Nefarious to be more entertaining (for the most part) then their game counterparts. And the other characters were at least a little funny if not fully developed beyond basic personality trait.

I thought the animation was good and there was a lot of energy to the characters' movement. Could have been more energy but it was satisfactory.

There are three things I wish the movie had done a better job of showing.

First is the friendship between Ratchet and Clank. As it is I feel that the two having a friendship is believable, but not the sort of "Best Friends that see each other through thick and thin" type friendship that I am used to associating with them from my familiarity with the franchise. I also feel that the Ratchet character should have been a bit more serious about being a Galactic Ranger, but he is a guy getting the opportunity to hang out with his life-long heroes so his actions are in character.

Second, there should have been more actions scenes focusing on Ratchet, particularly with him using his Omni-Wrench. It is his signature weapons and at the moment I can only recall one instance where he used it.

Third is the Plumber. The Plumber was one of the most important and endearing NPCs and one of the most prolific. That he was only used for that Ferris Buhler after credit joke was a little disappointing.
10 people found this helpful
Tom SteeleReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great little movie with a plus - it explains the video game backstory.
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My kids enjoyed it and I did too. In many ways it was better than many movies where you spend far too long biting your nails as everything seems to go wrong for the good guys and you have to wait for deus ex machina to save the day. This move is mostly fast-paced and that means when things go bad, they go back to good pretty quick.

There is a blurry line between good and evil in this one and there is one character who should end up in JAIL rather than getting to be a hero again, but that is something I talked with my kids about and explained that this is cartoon world and we live in the real world. They seem to get it.

Overall, it was a fun, inexpensive romp and makes the video games a little more fun to play. Sylvester Stallone should have had a bigger role, he was great. John Goodman was pretty decent too. Ratchet was great! Sorry, I'm old and don't recognize the actor but I know he is good. Paul Giamatti was great in his role as a cockroach - I think - as well. Dr. Nefarious seemed VERY Despicable Me. But he was very good, perhaps the most interesting character in the movie.
5 people found this helpful
JwPReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Ratchet & Clank origins
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It's been several years since I last played a Ratchet & Clank game, so I feel like I had a bit of a fresh start going into watching the movie. I loved the games and the humor and the storytelling, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of the same game experience reflected in the film. The voice acting is excellent. In some ways it was like returning to old friends and rediscovering their origin stories. There's some new content including characters here, so I had to reorient slightly. The movie moved right along and had some in jokes for the fans of many years, something else I appreciated. This is one video game based film that isn't a disappointment. Great graphics, great voice cast, interesting enough plotting and characterizations. Sometimes it almost moved a little quickly, but there's a little bit of something for just about everyone here. Plus, it's kid friendly.
3 people found this helpful
Avid AmazonianReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Lombax, the Myth, the Legend
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It's a gorgeous movie with great voice acting (additionally with original voice actors taking on the original parts from the series), lots of fan service to those that have played the games, but is good enough for anyone to jump on with. There was something missing though overall where it just didn't feel like it reached the greatness that it was reaching for. It felt like a bunch of game cut-scenes pasted together sometimes... I guess that's what you get from a video game company making a movie. It was still cohesive, just not amazing. I would have loved to see more of the weapons from the games being utilized in the movie more effectively. I felt like it was a lot of talking and not as much emphasis on the action... which is what the games are all about. There was still a ton, it just didn't "feel" like it.

4 stars for a fan, 3 stars if you aren't. Most will watch this and move on. Fans will own it for the pure sake of owning it.
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Ben SReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing
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My buddy and I both love this series, having played all the games for years. Despite the bad reviews, and its lackluster brief passing through theaters, we were still hopeful for this movie, thinking it just wasn't something that regular critics wouldn't get.

Ratchet & Clank's movie had all of the pieces there: The characters, voice actors, weapons, everything we loved from the game. But the jokes all fell flat. The story just meandered around. This movie had everything it needed except for one critical component: A point. Unfortunately, there was just no reason for this movie to exist.
4 people found this helpful
DanielReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good fan Nostalgia, but that's about it
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Pretty good film, just glad i got to see it, unfortunately i never got to see it at the movie theater, due to some bs about my region.
As someone who has been a fan of R&C since it came out on the PS2 over a decade ago. the film fell inline with about what i expected for a movie adaption so many years later.
the story was built using using the many years of lore we got later added to the universe over the series lifespan, as opposed to being true to the original games story.
And a lot of the gritty humor we got in the original, is gone to suit the more politically correct world we live in today unfortunately.
it's not a bad movie, but nothing to write home about either.
very kid-centric better aimed at the newer younger audience.
for old vet fans like myself it's mostly a nostalgia showcase of the cumulative of everything added over the years.

as a side note, all Eu buyers who want the Blu-ray due to us only getting the DVD(odd sales choice?) the Blu-ray disc is in fact region free and will work anywhere.
the DVD however is only region 1 so you will need an unlocked player to watch it.
4 people found this helpful
AaronReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great
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I've been a fan of this franchise since the beginning and while isn't going to make the IMDB Top 250, it was great to have a franchise I hold near and dear to my heart available in a format that I could share with my wife. It's a fun movie that she enjoyed very much. I'm hoping this will give the franchise more exposure, too. First day buyer for all the games and was for this, too.
2 people found this helpful
Samuel WorkmanReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Proof that movie adaptations of video games don't always have to suck.
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I honestly think the only reason critics gave this film such overwhelmingly negative reviews is ENTIRELY because it's a video game adaptation.
I don't really blame them since 99% of the time, those NEVER turn out well (especially when they're directed by people like Uwe Boll *shudders*)... However, you can clearly tell with this film that Insomniac Games (the developers of the Ratchet & Clank games) tried their absolute hardest to avoid that by working as closely with the film producers as they possibly could. The end result being (in my opinion) the most legitimately enjoyable and faithful to the source material video game to movie adaptation ever made!
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