Release Date: July 19, 2013
Watched: July 18, 2013
Review: July 19, 2013
Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon
The Filmster Rating:
R.I.P.D. should be left dead and resting in peace, since it seems it was only a paycheck day for all the stars in the film. R.I.P.D. is a lackluster film that brings nothing to the summer blockbuster.
Boston cop Nick(Ryan Reynolds), buries gold in his back yard, that he and his partner Hayes(Kevin Bacon) stole from drug dealers during a drug bust. Nick is having second thoughts about the gold, and decides to turn the gold in. At first, Hayes also agrees it is the right thing to do, but during a drug raid, Hayes takes the opportunity to double cross Nick and shoots him in the face and falls to his death. Nick wakes up in the afterlife and, soon after, he is recruited to join the R.I.P.D.(Rest In Peace Department). R.I.P.D. is a law enforcement, that protects the human world from bad spirits called “deado”.
Nick is partnered up with Roy(Jeff Bridges), an old lawman from back in the 1800s. Roy, unwillingly takes Nick under his wing, and teaches his new partner everything about the job. While, on the job to take down a deado, Nick discovers that the deado was trying to conceal gold, the same kind of gold that he had buried in his backyard. Nick being suspicious, convinces Roy to investigate the situation even further. During their investigation about the gold, they uncover the true nature of the gold and the deado’s plan to use it. Nick also discovers, that Hayes is in the middle of it all, and about his secret identity and true nature. Now, Nick and Roy must work together to stop the deado’s plans.
R.I.P.D. will ultimately be compared to Men In Black, but no matter with all the comparisons, R.I.P.D. is such an inferior film. For a film that is released in the middle of the summer blockbuster period, it has no big action mixed with lackluster jokes that just made the film, no fun to watch. The special effects were very elementary and the CGI of the deados were terrible, they looked like cartoon characters running around. It is a short film, so the story felt compressed but it gave you enough information about the world it was in. Ryan Reynolds didn’t play his usual role, where is witty and funny he played a gloomy character. A part of the problem was that the film is a goofy film and Reynolds wasn’t used for his strengths, instead they let Jeff Bridges try to bring in all the laughs.
If you can tolerate Bridge’s character which is a mix of Yosemite Sam and The Dude, then you will enjoy him. He does give you a couple laughs but for the most part he was annoying to listen to. The best thing about R.I.P.D. was Kevin Bacon and the fact they kept him away from the trailer. It was a surprise when you see him, but soon after, it becomes predictable and you figure out Bacon’s role in the film. Bacon didn’t bring his “A” game but he was decent enough to get through the film. There is barely anything good to say about R.I.P.D. It was a very dry film and fans of MIB who thinks this is going to be similar film, are going to be very disappointed.
I had no expectation for R.I.P.D. except, that I hoped, it would be at least a bit of an entertaining popcorn flick, but it fails in every way possible. Its predicted to be a box office bust and, it should be, because it is one of the worsts films of 2013.
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