Friday, July 26, 2013

R.I.P.D. - 1 1/2 stars

This movie really wants to be Men In Black.  Boston Police Officer Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) is killed in the line of duty, and instead of going to heaven or hell, he ends up in an office.  He is given the chance to avoid judgement by joining the Rest In Peace Department.  Apparently there are dead spirits (called Deados) who escape the afterlife and go back to Earth, causing havoc.  The R.I.P.D. officers have to catch the ghosts and bring them back, or kill them.  Yes, kill them.  They have some kind of special bullets that actually kills these spirits.

His partner is Roy Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges).  He's been serving in the R.I.P.D. since he was killed in the 1800s.  And just like in Men in Black, he's a grumpy old guy and the two don't get along. 

The plot gets really convoluted.  Walker's partner turns out to be involved with the Deados and he's trying to accumulate some artifact which can end all life on Earth, or something like that.  It's really just a waste of time.

This movie is no fun.  It's only 90 minutes but it feels like 3 hours.  And it really sucks that Bridges is playing Rooster Cogburn again.  I don't just mean playing a similar character.  He is doing Rooster Cogburn.  The voice is exactly the same.  The difference is his dialogue is written by a couple of hacks instead of the Coen brothers.  There really was no reason to make this movie.

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