R.I.P.D.: THE REVIEW

Big thanks to the rookie Salty Kernel, ALISTAIR SHIELDS, who reviews his first official screening for Salty. He comes out swinging punches and spotting crap a mile off, but he backs it up with some fine explanation. Funnily enough I kind of thought this of R.I.P.D from the trailer, it is Men in Back without wearing black, for people who see dead people :). But I will be seeing this one when it comes to Blu Ray – purely for Mary-Lousie Parker, who I just love! Enjoy Alistair’s review! 

 

Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Knepper, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Mike O’Malley, Devin Ratray, Phil Hay, Peter M. Lenkov, Matt Manfredi, Robert Schwentke, Alistair Shields, RIPD
R.I.P.D. – THE SALTY REVIEW

 

Simple, predictable and adhering to the Hollywood formula of buddy films but it has its moments. R.I.P.D stars Ryan Reynolds (X-Men Origins: Wolverine & Green Lantern) and Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski & True Grit) as the un-reluctant partners thrust together to save the world.

Reynolds plays Nick Walker who, having been killed by his partner played by Kevin Bacon (X-Men: First Class), is given the option of joining the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D) or face judgement where eternal damnation is a possibility. Serve 100 years in the R.I.P.D though and those in charge will put in a good word for his ascension to heaven. The task of the R.I.P.D is to track and capture those that have passed on but stayed on earth to skip judgement.

Of course Walker joins the R.I.P.D and, of course, according to the formula Walker is then partnered with Roy Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges) the veteran who operates as a lone wolf having had a partner that no one could possibly replace….oh, wait.

 

Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Knepper, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Mike O’Malley, Devin Ratray, Phil Hay, Peter M. Lenkov, Matt Manfredi, Robert Schwentke, Alistair Shields, RIPD
R.I.P.D. – THE SALTY REVIEW

 

So begins a chain of events which could be explained in a sentence. Partners show dislike for each other, significant event comes up which forces partners to forget personal grievances, partners get thrown off the force, partners ignore orders, partners save the world (roll eyes here). Writing this makes me see how really formulaic this film was but there is the odd moment of entertainment where one or two laughs bubble out and help  you forgot the simplicity of this film. At times the banter between Walker and Ray, and their own personal scenes, are quite humorous with Reynolds delivering lines reminiscent of his Van Wilder of old and Bridges taking his role from True Grit to far more comical levels.

However, the true stars of this film, where the real moments of laughter derive, are James Hong (that Chinese guy that pops up in a movie here and there but don’t really know who it is) and film debutant Marissa Miller. Their dialogue is minimal but they are the spark of many a joke throughout the film which you can’t help but have a laugh too. Kevin Bacon is really just there for a bit of star power. Then there is Stephanie Szostak (Iron Man 3) who plays the part of the Walker’s wife whose only role is to provide an easy way for the script to continue with its story, she is just there. Her character probably would have been scripted as Wife #1.

 

Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Knepper, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Mike O’Malley, Devin Ratray, Phil Hay, Peter M. Lenkov, Matt Manfredi, Robert Schwentke, Alistair Shields, RIPD
R.I.P.D. – THE SALTY REVIEW

 

Not much more can be said about this exceedingly mediocre film, it just so dim-witted and predictable. When I say predictable I mean the kind of predictable where you look at the person next to you in the theatre and say “goo-go-ga-ga” cause the only way you don’t see what is going to happen is if you are a 1 year old, even that might be stretching it. This predictability doesn’t come from just the script though with some of the shots used by director Robert Schwentke (RED) just screaming “Pay attention to me! I will come up later!” Reynolds and Bridges can only do so much with such a script and directing.

My parting advice would be to wait for the DVD release and then rent it for a night where you just want something to watch while have your takeaway dinner.

 

2 and a Half Pops