R.I.P.D.

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
AUGUST 8, 2013

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. Replacing Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds do their best possible performances given the script and the ridiculous nature of the action sequences. 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 Kevin Bacon and Mary Louise Parker, there remains very little keeping this supernatural charged adventure from holding any weight and makes you wonder the size of the paychecks given to Bridges and Reynolds to be a part of this endeavor.

RELEASE DATE
July 19, 2013

DIRECTOR
Robert Schwentke

WRITTEN BY
Phil Hay
Matt Manfredi
David Dobkin (story by)

BASED ON
“Rest in Peace Department”
by Peter M. Lenkov & Lucas Marangon

STUDIO
Universal Pictures

PG-13
(for violence, sci-fi/fantasy action, some sensuality, and language including sex references)

ACTION
ADVENTURE
COMEDY
CRIME
FANTASY
SCI-FI

96 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Alwin H. Küchler

COMPOSER
Christophe Beck

EDITOR
Mark Helfrich

CAST
Jeff Bridges
Ryan Reynolds
Kevin Bacon
Mary-Louise Parker
Stéphanie Szostak
James Hong
Mike O’Malley
Devin Ratray

PRODUCED BY
Neal H. Moritz
Mike Richardson
Michael Fottrell

BUDGET
$154 million

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