R.I.P.D

R.I.P.D

Rest in Peace Department

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Rating: PG-13; for violence, sci-fi/fantasy action, some sensuality, and language including sex references.
Two cops are dispatched by the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) to protect and serve the living from increasingly destructive spirits hiding among the unsuspecting Earth. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork to restore the cosmic balance-or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.

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dennismmiller
Nov 19, 2018

RIPD is a fascinating movie because virtually every decision made in its creation - from script to casting to performances to special effects - was wrong. The leads, while certainly talented individually, have no chemistry together. For some reason, Jeff Bridges chose to play his character with a thoroughly off-putting mumbly drawl, which worked in True Grit but not here. The world is both inconsistent and incoherent, never feeling like a real, living setting, its cartoonish absurdity complementing the cartoonish CGI in the worst way. No doubt, the filmmakers were aiming for a kind of exuberant wackiness, but they tried too hard and even the most over-the-top elements feel calculated and forced, while the plot is entirely predictable. But the greatest problem is the lack of a metaphysic. It's understandable, of course, that a would-be blockbuster action-comedy cannot afford to alienate potential audiences by presenting a too definite picture of the afterlife. Yet even the basic setup here is badly mishandled. The main characters are ghost cops trying to work off the debts they ran up in life, so it seems as if questions of heaven, hell, sin, and redemption ought to be pressing for them. Bridges' character repeatedly informs us of his anger issues (thankfully, since he generally seems far less angry than Reynolds), so it might have made sense for this to be something he had to overcome in order to "pass on", but it isn't. Nor, after a century of spectral hijinks, does he ever suggest that he is tiring of it, ready to enter into his eternal rest. Even the villain's motivation, which is potentially interesting - he rejects the idea that he should be judged for his sins and so seeks to undo Judgement itself - is treated as nothing more than an excuse for shooting yet another cataclysmic beam into the sky. These are opportunities for depth that are not only suggested but demanded by the setting, yet they are completely ignored.

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hgibbins
May 14, 2017

Interesting, but rather obvious plot. All things considered though, as good movie.

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Jellybean1998
Apr 12, 2016

pretty good lots of monsters

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jimg2000
Jan 27, 2016

Enjoy this sci-fi comedy, based on the Dark horse comic, as much as Men in Black. It has a rational story concept for comics, supported by sharp performances by a super cast, fun animated characters and special effects.

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TatsuSensei
Sep 21, 2015

I heard this movie was really bad but I watched it anyway and with my low expectasion (and if I spelled the word wrong...oops) helped my thoughts on this movie.
The C.G.I. was crap though and the script...and the acting of most the actors....and............just don't watch this movie.I had some laughs but it was still pretty bad.I do think the only good thing about this movie is Ryan Reynolds.But,please,DO NOT watch this movie.
It gets a 1.5/10.

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RevJimK
Jul 01, 2015

terrible script, just an awful awful movie

Quimeras May 03, 2015

The premise of the story is interesting and new but the movie ends up being too silly and predictable.

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Hopalong_Kid
Mar 30, 2015

Fun movie, along the lines of Men In Black. Jeff Bridges is great as ever.

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Libraryman1_0
Oct 14, 2014

Is good for a fun evening's watch but certainly there have been far better movies made out there that could've covered this exact same story and plot. And why is Jeff Bridges still talking like Rooster Cogburn? Apparently he's using this voice in all his acting performances and it's as grating as fingernails on a chalkboard. Problem is, the voice he uses is distracting. .

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TRANNY_CLONES
Sep 29, 2014

One of the WORST FILMS OF ALL TIME PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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aaa5756 Jun 10, 2014

Just plain stupid can sum up this movie!

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“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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