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Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline this supernatural action-adventure as two cops dispatched by the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) to protect and serve the living from increasingly destructive spirits hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork to restore the cosmic balance...or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 90
- Fresh: 12
- Rotten: 78
- Average Rating: 3.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Mr. Bridges is almost always fun to watch, but even his squinting and Slim Pickens-style whooping can't make the time pass faster.
Rotten: A half-hour into the film, and it feels like the eighth day of jury duty.
Rotten: The film is a visual mess, with cheap-looking effects hampered even further by crummy and unconvincing 3-D.
Rotten: Too bad director Robert Schwentke ("RED") and the writing team handling the 3-D screen adaptation don't hold up their end, failing to do much with a premise that felt like it could rate with, say, "Men in Black."
AN "R.I.P.DUMB" MOVIE
"R.I.P.D." is a madcap fantasy action-comedy about afterlife cops tracking down rogue spirit-monsters. And yes, it's a very blatant attempt to feed off of the success of the "Men In Black" trilogy. Unfortunately for this weird movie, the script is never truly funny, and the filmmakers' desperate efforts to crank up the manic mayhem with bland, in-your-face digital trickery is merely exhausting. And by the time it's finally over, you'll probably be wishing you spent your time doing something else instead of simply watching this clichéd, overblown mess. The story follows Boston policeman Nick (Ryan Reynolds) who, after opting out of a dirty deal, is gunned down by his partner Bobby (Kevin Bacon) during a giant violent raid. When Nick arrives in the afterlife, he's confronted by a manager (Mary-Louise Parker) who essentially strong-arms him into taking a job in the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.), which captures spirits who have escaped judgment. Assigned to work alongside a swaggering gunslinger named Roy (Jeff Bridges), our main protagonist unexpectedly stumbles into a case directly connected to his own death. And he refuses to just stand by and watch his widow Julia (Stephanie Szostak) get caught up in Bobby's villainous plan. Director Robert Schwentke tries to liven things up with some fast-paced camerawork, but everything is undone by the film's substandard digital effects, which render the ghostly characters as rubbery cartoons that are neither inventive nor amusing. That said, the freeze-frame sequence in which Nick is killed is greatly imagined, at least until it turns goofy. But then every scene after that is packed with unnecessary visual wackiness that makes the whole movie feel desperate. Finding something to laugh at is virtually impossible. Reynolds tries to give a straight-faced comedic performance, but he mainly just looks worried. At least he's still likable enough to hold our attention. Meanwhile, Bridges goes over-the-top with a fun but bizarrely one-note turn as Roy, the cantankerous old-style lawman. As for the main supporting cast, none of them get very much to do: Bacon is merely just there to look shifty and evil, while Szostak is simply given the "damsel-in-distress" role, but Parker at least adds some sardonic sass. Even as the supernatural chaos escalates, this plot never gains traction, and pretty much every single element in this lazy script has been lifted from other much better movies. At the same time, Schwentke loses control of the visuals as well, indulging in annoyingly overwrought animated silliness at every turn, which completely undermines any potential for a guilty-pleasure romp. Sure, there's the tiny sliver of a decent idea here, but without even a hint of originality or wit, "R.I.P.D." never truly comes to life, so to speak. At the end of the day, the film its moments, but it's ultimately too dim-witted, formulaic, and utterly forgettable to satisfy. It's a mindless diversion, but nothing more.
A worthy Dark Horse Adaptation
Sure it resembles a lot of other franchises like Ghost Busters & the MIB series but it still has a charm of its own that deserves a viewing. It's a fun movie in general.
Good with popcorn and your feet up.
I had a lot of fun with this one because there are no great philosophical moments or intense dramatic dialog. It's light entertainment. A lot of slapstick moments and some pretty funny characterizations. The actors looked like they were having a lot of fun too.
Jeff Bridges's character was pretty funny and made a good foil for Ryan Reynolds.
A light, silly, entertaining, and sometimes strange diversion if you want to unwind after a hectic day.
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 2013
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