Friday, 23 August 2013

R.I.P.D (2013) Review

Director: Robert Schwentke                                          Screenwriters: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, James Hong

Story: A Boston cop killed by his dastardly partner is given the opportunity to join the Rest In Police Department which hunts down the undead on earth. He is partnered up with Roy, an old school cowboy and together they investigate some stolen gold. 

Review: Based on a comic book, written by Peter M. Lenkov, R.I.P.D is already one of the year's box office bombs despite only being out for a few weeks. Is that fair? Not really, while the film is certainly nothing new, it is not the stinker some would have you believe. The comic, created in 2001, already had a Men In Black vibe, which is fine in comic form but the fact that we've now had three MIB films, lends to that sense of deja vu. Nevertheless the film is fun enough, Jeff Bridges especially seems to having a ball playing a part  he essentially played before in True Grit. As a Ryan Reynolds fan and apologist, I pretty much watch anything he is in, in the hope that the dude finally gets the franchise he is apparently looking for. This won't do it for him, but he is pretty good here as the dry witted fish out of water. It won't win any awards (and hopefully not even any Razzies) but at just over 90 minutes there are worst ways to spend your time.

Conclusion: Yes, you have seen a lot of this before but that doesn't mean it is bad. A Fun cast, some witty moments, and some good action, the film is inoffensive. Not awful, not great.  I know I am alone in this but the film didn't want to make me claw my own eyes out which is good enough in my book. Especially with this year's movies....


(it's a low 3, I don't do .5's)

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