In 2002, Insomniac Games and the Sony Playstation 2 brought us the story of a Lombax and a robot that would save the universe.
Fourteen years later, Ratchet and Clank not only have an army of hit games under their belt, but are making their feature film debut both on the big screen and at home on the Playstation Network.
The movie follows a plot similar to the first game with a few storylines from subsequent games tied in to add more elements.
Ratchet dreams of being a Space Ranger but is stuck in a monotonous life as a spaceship mechanic until a defective robot he names Clank crash lands on Ratchet’s home planet Veldin.
Although he’s already been turned down to join the Space Rangers by his hero Captain Quark, Ratchet is convinced by Clank’s inside information to warn the team of an imminent attack by the evil Chairman Drek and mad scientist Dr. Nefarious.
After discovering more details of Drek and company’s evil plan, our two heroes join the Space Rangers on a galaxy saving quest filled with weapons, gadgets and hijinx that remind us why we fell in love with the franchise in the first place.
In addition to the big names cast (Paul Giamatti, Rosario Dawson, John Goodman and Sylvester Stallone), one of the finer points of Ratchet & Clank is the inclusion of nearly every main voice actor from the original games. James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward and Armin Shimerman do a wonderful job reprising their roles, bringing smiles to nostalgic faces and life to their characters ways only they can.
We also see many weapons featured throughout the series’ tremendous catalog of games. One of the highlights is the appearance of the Sheepinator while one of the lowlights is the R.Y.N.O.’s (Rip You a New One) cameo as it’s destructive power never materializes to the big screen.
Another issue is that despite being a key factor of the series and gameplay, none of the weapons evolve and if they do, the audience is never informed of it.
Although Ratchet & Clank’s cinematic debut holds its own as a standalone film, there are tiny nods to the franchise that aren’t present in the final cut. Having said that, a solid story that stays true to the source material, delightful humor, playful visuals and an excellent cast is more than a fan of the beloved franchise could ever hope for.