Sunday, May 22, 2016

Intergalactic adventure for the whole family in “RATCHET AND CLANK”

The latest out-of-this-world family movie “Ratchet and Clank” stars Award winning Sylvester Stallone along with a talented voice cast including Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, Jim Ward, James Taylor and David Kaye. 

In “Ratchet and Clank,” two unlikely heroes struggle to stop a vile villain named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy.  Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “Lombax” who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own.  Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn.  When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colourful heroes called the Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy.  Along the way, the will learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity. 

Ratchet, voiced by James Taylor, is the only Lombax anyone has ever seen.  A typical impulsive teenager, Ratchet is a gifted mechanic and quite acrobatic.    When danger calls he prefers to jump in feet first and to figure things out as he goes.  His confidence always leads him into trouble but his quick reflexes and agile mind get him out of it most of the time.He is a bit of a loner, not wanting to rely on anyone but himself.   However, he is extremely loyal to friends that he has.  Over the course of the film, he comes to consider Clank his one true ally and closest friend.

His true friend, Clank, voiced by David Kaye, is the personification of innocent book smart.  He is a living computer filled with tons of data that he accesses freely.  However, he has only lived in the universe for a short time and retains a lot of the child-like curiosity one would expect from a creature only days old.  Clank’s strongest traits are his sense of morality and his heart of gold.  He knows right from wrong and will go to any lengths to ensure justice is served.  However, he doesn’s just jump in with both feet – he is cautious and mindful, using his considerable powers of reason to form a plan of attack first.   In this sense, he is Ratchet’s opposite.

Bella Thorne, who rose to prominence in the television series “Shake It Up” and starred in memorable teen movies such as “The Duff,” “Perfect High” and “Frenemies” lends her voice to Cora in “Ratchet and Clank,” a very tough, competitive and driven Galactic ranger.  Though she’s in her teens, her maturity is way beyond her age and that of every other Galactic Ranger  (with Clank’s exception).  A no-nonsense teen, she has little or no time for humor or childishness but cares deeply for her teammates once they’ve earned her respect.

Family adventure starts in cinemas nationwide when “Ratchet and Clank” opens on May 26  (Thursday) from OctoArts Films International.

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