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

R.I.P.D Movie Poster
Poster design by Concept Arts, image courtesy of Imp Awards

R.I.P.D or Rest In Peace Department as it’s known is a supernatural comedy directed by Robert Schwentke, whose previous work includes Flightplan, The Time Travellers Wife and Red.

His latest work, R.I.P.D, is based on a comic book with the same name.

Actors/ Characters

The movie stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as Roy Pulsipher and Nick Walker. Roy plays the brooding veteran R.I.P.D officer whilst Nick is the newest recruit to R.I.P.D, and the partner of Roy.

Kevin Bacon plays Bobby Hayes, the main antagonist in the movie.

Stephanie Szostak, Mary-Louise Parker, James Hong and Marisa Miller also star.

Plot

Nick Walker and Bobby Hayes are detectives for the Boston Police Department. During a drug bust they discover a large amount of gold which they decide to keep. However, Nick’s conscience will not allow him to keep it so he decides to return the gold and informing Bobby of his decision.

At another raid, Bobby shoots Nick so he can keep all of the gold for himself.
Immediately after his death, Nick is whisked off to the afterlife and into the office of Mildred Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker). Mildred heads the Boston division of the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D).

Their job is to patrol Boston in search of “Deados”, spirits who failed to crossover and returned to earth as monsters.

Ryan Reynolds in action in R.I.P.D
Image courtesy of Collider

Nick is partnered with tough-talking Roy Pulsipher as they return to earth with new avatars; Jerry Chen (James Hong) is Nick’s new avatar while Roy has Opal Pavlenko (Marisa Miller).
After a shootout with a deado, they discover gold remnants similar to what Nick stole. They soon realise that the deados plan to assemble the Staff of Jericho which has the power to bring the dead from the afterlife back to earth.

Nick and Roy must now bring an end to the dastardly plan of the deados before it’s too late and for once they must actually work together and to trust each other if they’re to bring peace back to earth.

Verdict

R.I.P.D is more like M.I.B; yes you’ve read that correctly, it’s far too similar to Men in Black. This reason alone prevented me actually enjoying the movie. The so called “deados” were more like aliens from MIB than spirits from the afterlife.

The direction and scripting is poor, with no mention of how the “deados” are actually living amongst the humans on earth when in the movie itself it states that the afterlife is a one way street once you die.

The acting was ordinary, with Ryan Reynolds acting like he does in every other movie he does and Jeff Bridges I felt like he was trying too hard with his southern accent.
Overall it’s not actually a bad movie, with a decent amount of action, and if you can get over the MIB comparisons you may actually enjoy this movie.

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