RIPD review

Robert Schwentke
Jeff Bridges
Ryan Reynolds
Kevin Bacon
Mary-Louise Parker
Stephanie Szostak
Rated: PG-13

One positive aspect of the movie? It was only an hour and a half.

“R.I.P.D.” follows the story of Boston cop Nick (Reynolds) who one day gets killed in the line of duty. His soul is then immediately sent to a heavenly police station and is told by the chief played by Mary-Louise Parker that he has skills that they could use.

Nick is then officially made an officer for the Rest in Peace Department and is partnered with a man named Roy (Bridges) who died in the days of the wild west.

The duo begin working back on Earth where they capture evil souls and while doing so, they uncover a plot going on that needs to be stopped. As the two work the case, Nick finds out that it actually hits close to home.

The movie basically takes concepts from “Men in Black” and the anime “Yu Yu Hakusho” and mashes it together very sloppily and lazily. The story is basically just a bare-bones police case, and yet, the predictable plot lines are not the worst parts of this film. The simple detective, investigation story might have actually worked with this concept if anyone working on the flick actually cared.

The worst part is probably the characters. The characters aren’t really that likeable, funny or even endearing. Basically, the way the actors try to sell the characters is by chewing on a lot of scenery. In fact, one scene has Jeff Bridges literally chewing scenery. That is all there really is in terms of acting. Parker, Reynolds, Bridges and Kevin Bacon, who plays a lame villain with a lamer scheme, all seem to just phone in their performances.

It’s amazing looking at the film’s budget and seeing that it was actually over $100 million since it features some of the worst special effects that I’ve seen in the past few years.

The CGI looks so terrible in this movie, and the sad thing is, they didn’t even need to use so much in the first place. All of the evil souls, when discovered, turn into these big, hulking, grotesque looking creatures for no real reason. And the fact that the CGI makes them look like something from the early 2000s adds to the awfulness.

The idea isn’t necessarily a bad one, Ryan Reynolds isn’t a bad leading actor and we know that Jeff Bridges can do a terrific job. However, this movie just doesn’t seem to try at all.

When the extent of the movie’s humor is that in the human world, Reynolds’ disguise is an old Chinese man and Bridges’ is a woman who is probably a model, you can tell that the writers weren’t interested in raising the bar too high.

It’s not funny, it’s not memorable and it’s not worth anybody’s time. 1 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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