By Jack Rico
The “1-4-0″: #RIPD is a MEN IN BLACK wannabe sequel that is too generic and typical to care for. Nothing stands out except that you’re now $13 short.
The Gist: Two dead cops from different periods of time are teamed up in heaven to stop dead evil spirits from returning to Earth and wrecking havoc.
The Highlights: Not many. The acting from Jeff Bridges, who almost reprises his role of Rooster Cogburn from True Grit (which was one of the best and funniest characters on film back in 2010) is magnetic, much more than his pretty-boy co-star Ryan Reynolds. The disguises they wear on Earth is truly hilarious. It’s of a beautiful model looking woman and an old short chinese man, worn by Bridges and Reynolds respectively. If the film would have centered more around this theme, it could have been a more interesting take on the movie.
The Lowlights: Where do I begin. I’ve seen this movie before and have seen it done better. Its called Men In Black. Much of the problem with R.I.P.D is that it is so generic, that it becomes forgettable, uninteresting and irrelevant. It doesn’t have anything new to keep me sitting for more than 20 minutes. I don’t care about the characters, the conflicts, the villain or the resolution. Oh, and there is of course a romance story that never sparked any fires in my heart. Ryan Reynolds is eye candy for many people, but that wears out very soon and you are left with only a modest actor.
Pay or Nay?: Nay. R.I.P.D feels like it was dug up from the no-frills archives at Universal Pictures, dusted off and released. Nothing is putrid, but it is too stale to invest anytime in it with so much better fare in theaters right now.
Rated: PG-13 for violence, sci-fi/fantasy action, some sensuality, and language including sex references
Release Date: July 19th, 2013
Screenplay: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Director(s): Robert Schwentke
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Film Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Comedy