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This review is from: R.I.P.D.: Rest in Peace Department [DVD] (DVD)
R.I.P.D. as a concept is unique: a betrayed cop (Reynolds) is forced to join the Rest In Peace Department to take revenge on his former partner (Kevin Bacon) who murdered him in cold blood. Only after serving in this department can he be allowed to die peacefully. That's just about as far as the praise can stretch however, as the execution is messy and gives the impression of a rushed and unfinished script.
Sometimes it's better for audience to simply be swept away by a film rather than instantly question and critique everything put in front of them, however for this to work, the audience need to be engaged or, at the very least, be given a succinct and consistent plotline to follow. Unfortunately we're given neither here.
The film begins by establishing the seemingly respectful Reynolds-Bacon relationship but quickly escalates to the brutal and poorly justified murder of Reynolds. This sudden jolt in tone is a consistent thorn within the script, with the audience having to adjust between uninspired action set pieces containing `hulk-like' monsters, to heartfelt scenes as Reynolds attempts to reunite with his wife following his death and his entry into the R.I.P.D..
The film also can't seem to decide how seriously to take itself. The vast majority of the gags come from Bridges, who plays a bullish cowboy who is still serving as part of the R.I.P.D since the 19th century, who is paired up with Reynolds to atone for his death. The central joke between this pairing is that once given their new R.I.P.D. identification, they have a completely new physical appearance. Despite not being entirely original, the editing is decent enough to make it work. Rather oddly, the film carries on from these gags and almost becomes slapstick at times. The two members of R.I.P.D. seem to be complete void from any danger or threat, and their seeming invincibility sucks all life and interest from any action sequences. Even more peculiar is the films attempt to become a hard-hitting crime thriller, with numerous profanity delivered, all of which feels complete out of place in what already feels like an unbalanced piece of work.
Perhaps the most damning critique anyone can give of this film is just how stale the film feels. With such an interesting concept, it's almost a crime how disorientating the film is to watch. The film is clearly comparable to Ghostbusters and Men in Black, and certainly pushes the line between paying homage and simply ripping off. Whilst the performances were certainly blameless, the clunky dialogue and too rapid change of tone means R.I.P.D. is a disappointment to say the least.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2013, 04:40:29 GMT
Michael Dobey says:
it is stale. but in 3d at the movie house it was ok. of course it will not look as good on blu ray 3d. it was from a comic book originally. but this is less than the comic. it's ok. nothing special but worth watching in 3d.
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