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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Review: R.I.P.D. (2013)

Boy, real man don't hold just one gun.
R.I.P.D. is dumb, lazy and terribly uninspired MEN IN BLACK rip-off.

As one of the high-profile and big-budget summer movies of the year, R.I.P.D. looks like a whole lot of fun especially it features a would-be entertaining pair-up between Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. Too bad what I can say about R.I.P.D is this -- a piece of dim-witted crap.


Based on a Dark Horse comic book by Peter M. Lenkov, R.I.P.D. tells the story of two dead law enforcers -- one is Boston P.D. cop Nick (Ryan Reynolds) and another one is an Old West lawman Roy (Jeff Bridges) -- who are both working at R.I.P.D (which stands for "Rest In Peace Department"). Their jobs is to return to Earth and arrest those dead people still hiding amongst the living. During one of their investigations, they come across Nick's evil ex-partner, Hayes (Kevin Bacon) who is responsible for killing Nick at the beginning of the movie. Apparently Hayes has something to do about assembling ancient artifact, that if successfully completed, will open the gate of potential apocalypse and whatnot.

Mary Louise-Parker, who plays R.I.P.D. boss Proctor, is at least worthwhile with her witty performance. The "freeze frame" effect that occurs during the moment of death where a character who has been killed will be seen wandering around while everything else is paused in a series of suspended motion -- is quite noteworthy. The action scenes are mostly uninspired, even though there are fairly entertaining moments at the beginning of the movie as well as the climactic finale.

None of the scenes here stick into my mind at all. Not even the effects-laden, all-hell-breaks-loose climactic finale qualifies as the movie's most memorable moment.

All the jokes, which are mostly cowboy one-liners by Jeff Bridges are painfully unfunny. Even Jeff Bridges' quirky performance feels forced. Then there's Ryan Reynolds, who looks obviously bored throughout his blank-faced performance. As a buddy movie, both Bridges and Reynolds have zero chemistry whatsoever. The rest of the supporting cast fares just as worse -- Stephanie Szostak looks all cute but doesn't do much in her thankless role, while Kevin Bacon is absolutely wasted as the smirking bad guy, Hayes. As for the story, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi's screenplay is as bland as it gets, while director Robert Schwentke seems to be clueless in terms of handling such fantastical premise. Despite arming with a $130 million budget, the overall effects in this movie -- along with the makeup and the creature designs -- feels cheap-looking.


What kind of stupid goatee is that, old man?

R.I.P.D. is dead on arrival. This is by far the worst summer movie of the year.

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