Excerpt: The 3D sports remarkable clarity and depth of field and utilizes every opportunity to showcase it with no halo or ghosting effects to speak of. The action moves fast and furiously, but an early scene involves the newly deceased Nick walking through a frozen-in-time diorama of the last moment of his life. The imagery is sharp and detailed while debris floats in the foreground as the camera moves seamlessly through the scenery and the background stays crisp and clear.
Excerpt: Can a movie simultaneously be composed by a committee specifically designed to orchestrate the most blandly mass-appeal entertainment and still be completely, erratically incoherent? And can such a film, when plunked down in the high noon of a movie-going season almost totally populated by samey big-ticket action mayhem, not manage to tempt contrarians ready to devour anything that seemingly refuses to stay within any definable template?
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. Of course, sudden death isn't going to get in the way of this cop's promising career. Instead, he's resurrected as part of the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.
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? Well, what happens when you combine Ghostbusters with Men in Black ? In essence you end up with R.I.P.D. And as much as some want to poke fun at this concept, I rather enjoyed it.
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 play. R.I.P.D. never amounts to a good film, but Reynolds and Bridges give it a go anyway and breathe as much life into the horrifying hijinks as possible.
Conclusion: I really wanted R.I.P.D. to be good, considering the trailer looked great and the film stars two actors I really enjoy, but it just didn't come together outside of Bridges' character, which is likely just Bridges. On the other hand, the quality of the presentation is excellent and there are some entertaining extras. It's not a terrible film, but there are just so many better options out there, so you owe it to yourself to be judicious with your time.
Conclusion: Very loosely based on the comic by Peter M. Lenkov, 'R.I.P.D.' is brimming with wildly fantastic CGI marvels, sensational action sequences, and a dazzling host of colorful characters. Unfortunately, the supernatural buddy-cop fantasy is a joyless, comatose mess with leaden performances from Reynolds, Parker, and Bacon, leaving Bridges to carry the movie as the story's only highlight.
Excerpt: Dead people aren't dead, or at least they're not taking it lying down. They're coming back into the world, squeaking through the cracks and trying to keep some semblance of their lives up. And in the process, running the world to rot. Someone's got to keep them in line and that's where the forces of the Rest In Peace Department, the "R.I.P.D." come in.