Running Time: 96 minutes
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker
Detectives Nick Walker (Reynolds) and Bobby Hayes (Bacon) stumble across some gold artifact during a drug bust, and decide to keep them to build better lives for themselves in the future, however, Nick’s conscience gets the better of him, and he decides to return the gold. Later, during a drug raid, Nick and Hayes find themselves in a shootout and Nick dies from the fight. While ascending to the afterlife, Nick meets Mildred Proctor (Parker), the director of the Boston division of Rest in Peace Department (R.I.P.D.), an agency where the best deceased police officers take care of the afterlife by capturing “Deados.” Nick agrees to join the R.I.P.D. and is paired with a new partner, Roy Pulsipher (Bridges). Together Nick and Roy embarks on an investigation that is more than what either one of them expects.
Based on a graphic novel, R.I.P.D. is made to resemble that of its origins. We have faced similar cinematography such as The Losers and Red. So, it was safe to believe/think that this film was made purely to entertain audiences. The movie was filled with comedic storylines and scenes mixed with action sequences and CGI-made creatures. I wasn’t sure what to think of it at the end of the film, I wasn’t entirely impressed by the action scenes or found myself extremely amused by the comedic scenes, instead I exited the theatre feeling the same way I walked in. There were no profound surprises by any specific scenes or acting. The only thing that really did catch my attention was how Kevin Bacon still looked as attractive as he did ten years ago. Ryan Reynolds did his usual superhero flick performance, in other words, there were no surprises there.
Overall, I wouldn’t exactly call it a disappointing film since there was no expectations when the movie began. Would I call it entertaining? Sure. Was it funny? Yeah. Were the action sequences impressive? Nope, not so much. So, my suggestion is… wait until the DVD is released to watch it rather than in the cinema, and invest the couple of bucks on another film.
Rating: 4.9 out of 10