Title: R.I.P.D (2013)
Director: Robert Schwentke (Flightplan)
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker
Plot: When Boston cop Nick (Reynolds) is killed in action instead of going straight to the after life he is given a job at the Rest In Peace Department, a department that protects the world from evil souls that have escaped judgement. At R.I.P.D Nick is partnered with wild card old school justice giver Roy (Bridges).
“You think *you’ve* had a bad day at work? I think I got you beat”
Review by Eddie on 16/01/2014
After watching RIPD I had to run to my calendar and double check that we were not in Thanksgiving season for this turkey made me feel like time had skipped ahead. Robert Schwentke’s massive box office bomb from last year was what many considered the quintessential “turkey” and in many ways it is. Costing well over 100 million dollars to make its hard to see where the money went, the story squanders its potential with a generic plot line (seriously close to being a Men In Black clone) and wastes a cast who can be highly charismatic but despite all these faults and all its averageness something very strange happened to me while I watched this film, enjoyment.
When viewing RIPD with the right attitude and casting aside all snobishness there is throwaway fun to be had with a movie that clearly was never meant to be much more than silly popcorn entertainment. Keeping things running at a good quick pace (a now rarity for big budget flicks) and featuring a lot of neat ideas, RIPD won’t have you looking at your watch on regular occasions and once it’s done you won’t feel like your brain has been violated. Much of RIPD’s saving graces rest upon the backs of it’s two leads who in the case of Reynolds overcome a bland character and in the form of Bridges a case of the Rooster Cogburns.
Being different versions of Men in Black’s agent J and K, Nick and Roy have moments that provide decent chemistry mixed in with some of the films better dialogue. If the movie was more concerned with developing these two more and bypassing it’s merely pedestrian action scenes the movie would of created alot more buzz and been forgiven by more who took offence to it’s proceedings. As mentioned before it’s not hard to see why so many disliked and bypassed the film but on the home video format I believe the film is not worthy of much of the hate thrown it’s way.
There are much worse movies to waste your time on than RIPD, a movie that at least knows what it is a fun and forgettable action flick that pairs two likeable leads together in roles that could of been a lot worse than they are. It’s clear however that Reynolds needs another hit and a role that utilise’s his ability better whilst Bridges must make sure that another version of Rooster doesn’t rear it’s head in the near future in fear of him becoming nothing more than a self imitator.
2 and a half VCR repair shops out of 5