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R.I.P.D.: Rest in Peace Department
Sound & Vision Magazine
12 February 2014
Excerpt: Watching R.I.P.D., you might experience a profound sense of déjà vu. You may find yourself saying, “Hey, I’ve seen this before, only it was called Men in Black and it had Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in it.
Excerpt: It’s been said that there are no original story lines since Shakespeare did them all. That’s been quite some time. Still, authors, screenwriters and filmmakers alike have managed to eek out a pretty good living even taking this into account. As per usual – what am I getting at?
Excerpt: The Film Some comic books are best left on paper. Such is the case with R.I.P.D. Oh sure, the pitch probably sounded great. Ryan Reynolds is too nice to be a corrupt cop. However, before he can redeem himself, he meets with an unfortunate accident, courtesy of Kevin Bacon.
Conclusion: Even as an at-times shameless Men in Black clone, R.I.P.D. could be much, much better. A sharper vision, more decisive direction, a smarter screenplay and less generic baddies would have gone a long way to patching the film's wounds, which is where the cast -- Schwentke's saving grace -- comes into...
Excerpt: Poor Ryan Reynolds. After the back-to-back box office flops that were Green Lantern and The Change-Up , the struggling leading man really could have used another hit in the vein of Safe House . But R.I.P.D. with its sloppy mix of crime drama and action comedy isn't it.