RIPD is so formulaic that this review could be reduced to just a praise for Jeff Bridges and a summary, followed by blah blah blah, then a rating and it will still be accurate.
Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Bridges) has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker (Reynolds) as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D.’s finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance…or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way. (c) Universal
RIPD has its moments, mostly with Jeff Bridges, who plays a sober Rooster Cogburn.
Everything else is dull. RIPD is a mixture of MIB and Ghostbusters, injected to a foolproof summer blockbuster formula. Our sharp jaw-lined hero must team up with the lone wolf and together, they must save the world from a cataclysmic event.
Granted this is a summer movie, so you can’t really expect much. But the film doesn’t make any effort to tweak its familiar copy and paste elements to give you something worth paying attention.
The agents and badly animated deados can only be killed by soul erasing bullets and you get typical choreographed shoot outs. The villains are oversimplified. The after life bureaucracy reminiscent of Beetlejuice is unexplored. The potential laughs that can be had from the characters’ undercover identities is limited to the repetitive hot chick schtick. The women are relegated to love interests and helpers.
The final nail to the coffin is that Bridges and Reynolds is mismatched. Bridges plays it up for laughs and Reynolds is capable as the angsty yet comedic foil. But they have no chemistry at all.
Even though it looks like a rehash, MIB 3 was enjoyable because of the impressive impression of Tommy Lee Jones by Josh Brolin, pop culture references and some action.
RIPD however, offers no dynamic cast and high stakes thrills. The Dude abides, unfortunately that’s not enough of a redeeming factor to save this flatline film.
My Rating: 3/10