Monday, July 29, 2013



Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds


July 19, 2013

Robert Schwentke

Universal Pictures

1 hour 36 minutes



When people, including myself, saw the trailer for "R.I.P.D," the first thing that came to mind was "Men in Black."  Think about it: a rookie cop teams up with an old timer in a secret group who are in charge of keeping the world of ordinary humans safe.  Instead of men in black suits fighting off aliens, though, we trade men in black suits with dead police officers from all over time, and we trade aliens for dead souls who don't want to go to Hell quite yet.  Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds replace Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as well, plus the story is somewhat different from the original "Men in Black" overall.  While the film, based off of a graphic novel of the same name, is far from original, it's not as horrible as one may think.  Sure many of the special effects are mediocre, the villain is weak, and the story has been done dozens of times, but "R.I.P.D." to an extent is still a fun enough movie to mildly recommend.

The film itself fails in delivering on spectacular visuals, a good villain, and a lot of comedy.  Some of the characters aren't needed that much and the film feels like something that's been done many times before.  Having said that, I was invested with the film and was having fun with it, particularly in the final 30 minutes of the film.  The chemistry between Bridges and Reynolds, while not as good as Jones and Smith in the "Men in Black" franchise, worked for the most part and was solid.  This isn't the best movie you will see all summer, but it is definitely far from the worst.  "R.I.P.D." is a movie worth checking out when it hits DVD and Blu-Ray.  Even though the 3D was surprisingly good, it's not necessary to pay the surcharge for it.  Overall, "R.I.P.D." is a flawed, but enjoyable popcorn movie that accomplishes at being nothing more than a fun summer flick.


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