R.I.P.D. didn't have a chance. Based on a rather unknown comic with a premise that isn't too different from what were already popular movies in Ghostbusters and Men In Black and both of those films are better.
R.I.P.D. focusses on Nick played by Ryan Reynolds playing a newly deceased Boston cop who was killed in the line of duty and on his way to the next life is given the choice of joining the "Rest In Peace Dept" who keep order on Earth when wayword souls and demons get loose and cause trouble. Saddled (literally) with an old west Sheriff played by Jeff Bridges, the two go investigating strange goings on involving Nick's old partner and possibly bringing all souls onto Earth to wreck havoc.
Other then a few funny line and situations, R.I.P.D. feels really light. The special effects look like they were pulled out of the original Men In Black movie, the idea of an afterlife law enforcement isn't too far from what Ghostubsters were and keeping alien (in this case the dead) presence at bay IS from Men In Black. The R.I.P.D. HQ is fun but again it feels lifted from Men In Black. Unless the original comic was made by the Men In Black creator, the Men In Black movies should be getting residuals.
The casting is nice but the direction is a little lame. Ryan Reynolds doesn't nearly cock off the way we know he can in other movies and feels unimportant. Jeff Bridges ham and chesses it up as the 19th century Sheriff designed to break in Nick, but his Rooster Cogburn voice is cranked up to 11 and it just made me wish I was watching True Grit instead. Kevin Bacon has "Villian" written all over him (It's THAT transparent) Stephanie Szostak offers very little other then a pretty face. Mary Louise Parker is the only one who seems to be trying to make a character out of her role as the R.I.P.D. recruiter made all the more apparent that it's now been over an hour since I've seen the movie and shes who I keep thinking of from the film.
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind seeing a movie that isn't that original but it better be more entertaining or at least throw in a surprise or two and sadly R.I.P.D. offers little. The idea has been done before but at least the film isn't boring, it's just been done too many other times and done better by the material this movie takes from. R.I.P.D. could be all the proof you need that Hollywood is dead.
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