R.I.P.D. is the latest in a long line of comic book movies to be released this summer. Based off the 2001 Rest in Peace Department Dark Horse comic, the movie stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as supernatural detectives hunting and capturing hostile undead spirits to keep the universe in balance. While it was marketed as a goofy, offbeat action comedy in the vein of Men in Black, the movie is 90 minutes of poor pacing, mediocre acting and shoddy graphics made worse by 3D graphics.
After (sorta) dirty cop Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) is betrayed by his partner (Kevin Bacon), he's recruited into the otherworldly Rest in Peace Department and teamed up with veteran Roy Pulsipher to hunt down 'deados', hostile supernatural spirits that have escaped eternal judgement. They quickly discover a potentially apocalypse causing conspiracy, which just happens to involve Walker's death. It's a pretty standard plot, one which is content with playing to cop cliches as opposed to subverting or building off of them.
Reynolds spends most of the movie moping about his death and his still alive wife Julia (Stephanie Szostak), showing very little charisma throughout the film. While Bridges makes the most of his over the top character, there's no spark between him and Reynolds, and the usual tension between the two partners comes off flat and boring. The only time the pair shows any sort of chemistry is when they're played by James Hong and Marissa Miller, who play Walker and Pulsipher's avatars in the real world. Honestly, I wish the movie featured about 45 minutes more of Hong and Miller instead of Reynolds and Bridges.
As for the graphics, they're an embarrassment. Every action sequence is chalk full of mediocre CGI that's more in line with Sharknado than an actual Hollywood film. Seriously, I've seen children's television shows with better CGI and special effects than RIPD. Watching the film in 3D only worsens the effects and will leave you wondering how the hell the movie got out of post-production.
Frankly, R.I.P.D. is an embarassment of a film, the latest in a string of sure to be flops for Ryan Reynolds. Unless you enjoy watch Reynolds mope and pine for 90 minutes, don't bother paying money to see this film.
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