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Ratchet & Clank


Stars: Voices: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Paul Giamatti, Armin Shimerman, Rosario Dawson, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Sylvester Stallone

Director: Kevin Munroe. Co-director: Jericca Cleland.

The youngsters I sent to this gaudy animated science-fiction adventure loved it. Accompanying adults, however, were rather less thrilled.

Which is what a kidflick should be.

And which, basically, sums up this latest video-game-to-film offering. Like many of its genre predecessors, including such movies as Super Mario Brothers, Pokemon, Wing Commander and Max Payne, Ratchet & Clank is aimed at fans of the game and, as such, it works well enough.

The science fiction extravaganza on offer finds Our Titular Heroes boldly going where every science adventurers have gone before to prevent evil Chairman Drek from destroying all known planets in the galaxy.

Not while there’s a brave mechanic and his robot pal ready to play champions.


Bright, breezy and rather noisy (perhaps preventing grown-ups from getting some sleep?) science-fiction shenanigans, while possibly its most interesting aspect for moviegoers might be the star names behind the brightly drawn characters.

The actors here avoiding being recognized in a childrens’ movie while still collecting their fees include John Goodman, Sylvester Stallone, Paul Giamatti and Rosario Dawson.

They and the other voices give their all - and then some - for a animated offering that has enough (mostly obvious) wit and plenty of accompanying spectacle to entertain while watching, but is probably unlikely to remain in one’s memory for long.

Alan Frank

Hong Kong/Canada/USA 2016. UK Distributor: Vertigo Films. Colour.
94 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: U.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 02 May 2016