The undead hae their own police force, did you know that? Yes and it’s called the R.I.P.D. R.I.P.D which opens Friday(07-19-13) and is rated PG-13. tells the story of a police force that is made up of dead cops, that’s right dead cops who are taken to help keep the world ridden of deadies. You may ask what are deadies, well they are unsaved souls that are left on earth to rot because they do not want to move on to the hereafter.
Nick(Ryan Reynolds) is a Boston police officer that get killed in the line of duty but because he had some shady business going on with his partner Bobby(Kevin Bacon) is sent to the R.I.P.D.(Rest In Peace Department)instead of purgatory to try and atone for his past discretions. This will hopefully, after serving his time, give him a better chance of crossing the pearly gates. He is partnered up with Roy(Jeff Bridges) and together they set out to well get the job done. Now they obviously do not see eye to eye to start out but the cagy veteran in Roy will have to teach this rookie a thing or two about ridding the earth of these deadies. Nick’s wife Julia(Stephanie Szostak) is also caught in the middle of the problems that arise from Nicks death and the deadies trying to find a way to bring those who die back to earth to raise chaos. We also meet the R.I.P.D’s in command Proctor(Mary-Louise Parker) who is in charge of the whole operation and is also overlooking this pairing of Roy and Nick.
R.I.P.D is a movie that gets an A for effort because it definitely looks like everybody is trying. It’s trying to be a well Ghostbusters meets Men In Black, unfortunately the A for effort also turns into a C for execution. It looked like it wanted to be a comedy but there weren’t many laughs and Ryan Reynolds again kind of plays himself again, the smart ass kid that is trying to provide the comic sarcasm but it never really works, it always seems like he’s trying to had to make us laugh. The only thing that makes it somewhat worthwhile is Bridges. He’s character of Roy Pulsipher is very interesting and fun to watch, a gunslinger from the west who hasn’t forgotten where his true person lies. Kevin Bacon has his moments and Mary Louise Parker is actually the comedic part that I think Reynolds was trying to be.
R.I.P.D tries hard to take your love of two movies(Ghostbusters & Men In Black) and bring them together into one but it kind of falls flat. The special effects rise to the occasion but the storyline is very quick and the movie kind of goes bang bang and it’s done. R.I.P.D is a good try but in the end is a little too dead for its own good, Look for the rental with this one.