“R.I.P.D.” is yet another example of a film killed by early bad press. Based on the Dark Horse comic book, this supernatural action/comedy is quite a bit of fun. Is the storyline predictable and recycled from other films of this nature? Of course it is; but you don’t stop riding rollercoasters just because one has the same amount of loops another one does at the other end of the amusement park.
After meeting his own demise, a crooked Boston cop (Ryan Reynolds) is given a choice in the afterlife. Join the forces of the “Rest in Peace Department” and hunt down Deados or take his chances on Judgment Day. He partners up with a former Wild West lawman (Jeff Bridges) to hunt down criminal souls who refuse to vacate the Earth after death and face their eternal punishment. The two discover a plot to reverse the tunnel to the afterlife, allowing millions of corrupt and angry souls to invade the world.
Jeff Bridges pours himself into the role of an old-fashioned Wild West sheriff struggling with the modern excesses of the world. Ryan Reynolds looks like he’s having a good time, as well. You can tell Kevin Bacon loves playing a bad guy and he shows it here.
The DVD version of “R.I.P.D.” includes a few bonus features. There are deleted and alternate scenes accompanied by a gag reel. A featurette entitled “Transferring ‘R.I.P.D.’ – The Making of” takes viewers behind the scenes of the film.
“R.I.P.D.” is rated PG-13 for violence, sci-fi/fantasy action, some sensuality, and language including sex references. I agree with all of the above warnings. Also, the monsters in the movie are rather cartoonish and not as scary as one might think. There’s nothing too over-the-top visually to be found. It’s as safe as any of the “Men in Black” movies.
As you would imagine, any references to God are removed from “R.I.P.D.” Instead, Jeff Bridges’ character refers to the ruling power as “The Universe.” However, there’s nothing I would say is religiously offensive as far as content is concerned.
Although the CGI shows its limits quite a bit, it’s not enough to rob “R.I.P.D.” of the humor, wit, and energy it exudes. If you long for a light-hearted supernatural adventure you can enjoy while veg’ing out on the couch and eating popcorn, this is your movie. It very much wears its influences on its sleeve – a nice mix of “Men in Black” and a tamer “Constantine.” Basically, just replace aliens with dead people who mutate into monsters and you have a good idea of what to expect.
“R.I.P.D.” is available now on 3D Blu-ray, Regular Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.
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