R.I.P.D. ***


Run Time: 96 mins                     Cert: 12A
Synopsis: Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds), a hotshot detective is killed in the line of duty & joins a supernatural police force that protects the living from the devious souls who have escaped judgment. Nick is partnered with Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) a veteran sheriff with a knack for spotting a fugitive soul. They must learn to work together in order to face a threat to the human race as lost souls have found a way to stay on Earth. 


Based on the Dark Horse comic book of the same name, ‘R.I.P.D’ is a mixed bag of recycled ideas from other movies.


The initial plot of two mismatched partners fighting creatures has already been done in the ‘Men in Black’ trilogy. Even the two lead characters seem similar in that the younger apprentice if you will is a cocky, overconfident hothead, while the old pro is a cool, calm, straight by the book cop. Not only is that film copied but there are elements of ‘Ghost’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ thrown into the mix.


Reynolds is as usual the weak element. His blank emotionless stare, brings a cold and in passionate performance to a character that is weighed down by guilt. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Bridges ramps it up to 90 with a showboating scenery chewing role. However the character feels like the bastard child of Rooster Cogburn & Jeffrey Lebowski with voice to match. Mary Louise Parker is really the scene stealer with a funny and quirky turn as the two cops superior.


The tone of the film is more lighthearted than what would normally be expected of a movie of this type. If the filmmakers had gone for a darker theme, then it may have been more of an interesting take on the proceedings.


Director Robert Schwentke who previously directed ‘Red’, packs each scene appears to be extremely detailed and the camera is constantly moving but never distracting. The effects are very hit and miss, with some of them looking very unfinished as if the studio had run out of time for a release date.


Even though ‘R.I.P.D’ is flawed and unoriginal, it is never the less fun, enjoyable and at times quite humorous.


Reviewed by Paul Logan

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