Review: R.I.P.D.

By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 2.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

I really didn’t know what to expect from this film but the premise looked somewhat interesting and I like Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds.  A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him (IMDB).

Nick (Reynolds) has just been killed and is finding it hard to accept but since he has experience as a law enforcement officer he is given a chance to help Roy (Bridges) hunt down “deaders”, dead people who are hiding on Earth.  I enjoyed Bridges portrayal of an eighteen hundreds ranger because his character is old fashioned and therefore his manner of speaking and being clashes with the modern times which makes it fun.  Reynolds character is definitely more dramatic because he is recently deceased and is trying to not only find out who killed him but also deal with a loving wife he left behind. 

Another funny aspect which drew me into the film is how the regular people on Earth see Roy and Nick.  Roy is viewed as an extremely attractive blond bombshell and Nick is an old Asian man; funny.  This fact did provide some very funny scenes that made this film better as a whole.  The overall look and feel of this film reminded me of Men in Black.  The alien characters for the most part were overweight and grotesque because it turns out remaining on Earth after death causes the body to decompose in a way.

Some of the visual effects were very well done and impressed me, not an easy thing to do.  Overall, this film is entertaining but I believe is geared more toward a younger crowd and I am sure they will enjoy it more than I did because it is based on a comic book.  I would definitely catch this one as a matinee or at the dollar theater.

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