Release Date
July 19, 2013
Director
Robert Schwentke
Screenplay
Phil Hay
Matt Manfredi
David Dobkin (Story By)
Based On The Comic Book By
Peter M. Lenkov
Lucas Marangon
Distributed By
Universal Pictures
Budget
$130 million
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Rated PG-13 for violence, sci-fi/fantasy action, some sensuality, and language including sex references
96 minutes

R.I.P.D.

Not quite the action, comedy blockbuster everyone was expecting, “R.I.P.D.” loses most of its steam by falling too close to the structure and tones of the “Men In Black” franchise, placing Jeff Bridges in the Tommy Lee Jones seat and Ryan Reynolds as the same rookie that Will Smith played in the first film. Both Bridges and Reynolds do their best possible performances given the script and the ridiculous nature of the action sequences, but even their high caliber efforts are no match for the poorly produced visual effects, especially by today’s standards, and the wonky comedy placed before them. With minimal visually striking moments and almost no redeemable characters, the fact that these characters are mostly dead makes it much harder to relate or connect, since there’s little hope for the future. With sub-standard showings from both Kevin Bacon and Mary Louise Parker as well, there remains very little keeping this supernatural charged adventure from holding any weight and makes you really wonder how much Bridges and Reynolds were paid to be apart of this endeavor.

 

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