R.I.P.D. (2013)

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R.I.P.D. (2013)
  • Time: 96 min
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime
  • Director: Robert Schwentke
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Jeff Bridges

Storyline:

Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline the 3D supernatural action-adventure R.I.P.D. as two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Bridges) has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker (Reynolds) as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D.’s finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance…or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.

3 reviews

  • I’ll start off by saying that I did enjoy this movie, and it kept me entertained throughout. I was not quite sure what to expect from this movie as I hadn’t seen any trailers beforehand, only the seemingly poor ratings it was receiving. I don’t agree with those low ratings.

    As predictable in it’s story as it may seem, it was well executed anyways. Jeff Bridges is there in all of his campy western glory, and Ryan Reynolds plays the stereotypical polar opposite of his partner. The best way that I would be able to describe this movie to people is a “buddy cop film set in the afterlife”, because that’s very much what it is. This is where it seems to be formulaic to me. You see so many movies nowadays about two partners who are greatly different from each other (i.e Cop Out, The Other Guys, etc.).

    I saw this film in 3D and it was done well. Nothing to write home about, but it was a satisfying 3D experience. Maybe I had simply been desensitized to the format, having just seen the 3D Jurassic Park revamp. Still, however, it had all those cool “look at how close the gun is!” moments nonetheless.

    In short: Nothing you haven’t really seen before. Just your average buddy cop movie, aside from the interesting afterlife element that’s been put into it.

  • From Robert Schwentke, the director of ok movies like RED and The Time Traveller’s Wife, this summer we got R.I.P.D., an action comedy based on a comic book. If you’ve seen the trailer, you know you shouldn’t expect much from it – although in my opinion, before you see the actual movie, it’s reasonable to hope it will at least be funny, lighthearted and well executed by the good cast it features. Unfortunately, the critics hate it, it is a box office bomb and it holds extremely low ratings on various movie review sites all over the internet. The reasons for this are many, and I wouldn’t even say the unoriginal story is one of them. So this is probably the ultimate “must never see” movie.

    After being killed by his cop partner Hayes (Kevin Bacon), who didn’t want him to turn in some gold the two of them had taken from dealers days ago, Nick (Ryan Reynolds) is recruited by the Rest in Peace Department. Along with his new partner, former sheriff Roy (Jeff Bridges), he must go back to Earth daily in order to hunt down and bring back dead people. While trying to reconnect with his wife (who doesn’t recognise him because he was given a different body), he also follows his ex partner and starts a sort of private investigation, unauthorised by the R.I.P.D. This might not sound that bad, and actually, as I said before, I don’t think the story itself is one of the things that made this movie a complete failure.

    First of all, there’s the special effects. I’ve read many reviews online, and quite a lot say the CGI was fine. Are you kidding? This movie looks worse than an Eighties’ videogame! And that is unforgivable for a movie with a $130 million budget. I recently reviewed Elysium, a sci-fi that, with a smaller budget, managed to look truly impressive. We might argue R.I.P.D. features more famous actors – quantity and perhaps even quality wise – who cost more, that way leaving less money for the CGI, but this would only mean the director is an idiot: who cares about the good actors if the movie looks like utter crap? And therefore, who cares about the actors in R.I.P.D. at all? Their performances weren’t horrible, but that was to be expected. On the other hand, it didn’t seem their roles were too demanding. Mary-Louise Parker was good as the director of the Boston division of the R.I.P.D. Proctor. but she didn’t get enough screen time to show her qualities.

    Jeff Bridges is the only one that might manage to make you laugh from time to time, but his mumbling can get pretty irritating. Another big problem is that you never think of Bridges and Reynolds as one – even though they are partners and share the same job, there’s nothing really keeping them together, at least nothing we can truly feel. We should just believe it because the movie says things are the way they are. Bridges and Parker are a much better couple, but then again they share too little screen time. And here’s something else: the movie is short, fortunately, since it’s awful, but not even this can be considered a redeeming quality, as it makes the story feel rushed and the characters remain undeveloped causing the public to be unable to feel for anybody. Last but not least, R.I.P.D. is one of the most unfunny movies I’ve seen in a long time – and that’s a tragedy for a comedy (no pun intended). Sadly, I think it has potential: for example, I found Nick’s ‘reincarnation’ as the little chinese guy who threatens people with a banana to be cute. But in the end, this movie has absolutely nothing to offer.

    Rating: 3/10

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  • Roy Pulsipher: I’m what they used to call a lawman. Marshall Roysephus Pulsipher.
    Nick: Roysephus?
    Roy Pulsipher: It was considered a very sexy name at the time.
    Nick: Sounds like an STD

    The only thing I can say about this movie is that this is a less successful copy of “MIB” with a touch of “Ghostbusters” (also a port that is opened up) and as theatrical as “Ghost”. The widow has a feeling that the old Chinese could be the reincarnation of Nick, who wants to contact her …. yep … sigh.
    There are a few comical action moments with the non-living who, by the way, all look like Mr. Hyde out of the Van Helsing movie. Besides that there are not much funny moments anymore. The quote stated in the beginning was the only moment that made ​​me smile. It feels all the time as a dreadful comedy-show with forced jokes and supported by a laugh track to lift it to a higher level. Bridges started to get on my nerves after a while with his unintelligible drivel. It seemed like he was constantly chewing something.
    The identity they took and in what form an ordinary mortal saw them, was however quite original. The combination of these two sometimes gave it a comic effect. Only they could have used this aspect a bit more.
    Zero content, the denouement was rather simplistic (so much effort to collect all that gold and that effort is neutralized in a micro-second) and my general feeling during the movie was the fight against closing eyes and realizing that watching at the wall would be as exciting ….

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