Friday, July 19, 2013

If there's a summer movie that should rest in peace, it would have to be this one.  While the premise of the movie is interesting, it draws too many similarities to Men in Black.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, but stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds lack the dynamic chemistry of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, bad plot, horrible (sometime incoherent) dialogue and uneven pacing, makes the film dead on arrival.

You think Ryan Reynolds would shy away from movies based on Comic Books after the Green Lantern fiasco, but apparently not.  R.I.P.D. is based on a graphic novel that was originally published by Dark Horse around 1999-2000 and in trade paperback 2003 created by Peter M. Lenkov.  The premise is that of dead law officers given another chance to become law officers over the dead that has escaped judgement in exchange for a good word to the "Big Guy" during their judgement.  Ryan Reynolds is murdered early on in the film and becomes a rookie R.I.P.D. officer to veteran Jeff Bridges's character.  Now while Ryan's performance is a tad better than his role as Green Lantern, Jeff Bridges on the other hand is an incoherent, shamble of a character that makes you forget he was a previous Academy Award winner.  Mary-Louise Parker keeping herself busy with Red 2 and R.I.P.D. all in the same month is more likable in this film, playing hard to get to Jeff Bridges's character.

With regards to the special effects and make ups it's a mixed bag for me.  I enjoyed the visuals of the city being town apart by little wormholes.  But with regards to the makeup of the dead especially on the main villain, it looks like something out of B movie.  I was really expecting more when the main villain revealed his true form.

Overall, I would not recommend watching this film in the theaters but waiting for it to come on Netflix or DVD rental.  It's not to say the movie didn't have its moments.  For me it usually involved veteran actor James Hong as Ryan Reynold's body double and Marisa Miller as Jeff's in some hilarious albeit predictable moments.  For a better action comedy also based on a comic book, go watch Red 2.

R.I.P.D. is rated PG-13 and is out July 19th, 2013.  The run time is 1 hour and 36 minutes long.  The movie contains: Violence, sci-fi/fantasy action, some sensuality, and language including sex references

Ratings: 2.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



  • Jeff Bridges as Roy Pulsipher
  • Ryan Reynolds as Nick Walker
  • Kevin Bacon as Bobby Hayes
  • Mary-Louise Parker as Proctor
  • Robert Knepper as Stanley Nawlicki
  • Stephanie Szostak as Julia Walker
  • James Hong as Grandpa Jerry Chen, Nick's avatar #1
  • Mike O'Malley as Elliot
  • Marisa Miller as Opal Pavlenko, Roy's avatar
  • Devin Ratray as Pulaski
  • Zoe Aggeliki as Nick's avatar #2
  • Piper Mackenzie Harris as Girl Scout, Nick's avatar #3
  • Lucia Vecchio as Girl Scout, Nick's avatar #4

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