Basically its a "save the world from the dead" kinda movie. It shall not fall in the wrong hands, therefore we have a Rest In Peace Department to fix this.
I found myself giggling several times and my sceptisism was not met fully. So, all in all, I think people (as myself) just need to take this movie for what it is. Its mildy entertaining and it has its moments. Is this the movie of all time, hell no. But can one get entertained from watching it - sure.
Not a 5-star rating from me either, but I still enjoyed parts and bits from it and I was not bored like I was during the first hour of Interstellar.
"R.I.P.D." (PG-13, 1:36) actually stands for "Rest in Peace Department", a police force of lawmen who have passed on to that great station house in the sky. Their job is to return to earth and catch "dead-o's", those who have died, but escaped their day of final judgment. Ryan Reynolds is a Boston cop who dies in a shoot-out and finds himself sitting in front of Mary-Louise Parker's R.I.P.D. commissioner. She offers Reynolds' character a chance to join the R.I.P.D. and atone for, on at least one occasion, being a less than honorable police officer. He agrees - in the hopes that his return to earth will allow him to return to his wife whom he vowed not to part with... until death.
The problem is that he has to return to earth looking like someone else and his wife doesn't recognize him. And, of course, he has a job to do. Jeff Bridges plays a lawman who died back in the Old West and now (reluctantly) becomes Reynold's new partner. The two work together to catch or kill dead-o's, but soon discover that the targets of their justice are involved in something much more sinister than simply hiding from the punishment that is their due. Another major character is played by a well-known big screen (and, more recently, small screen) actor who is curiously absent from the film's trailers and advertising, so I won't spoil the surprise here. Suffice it to say that this film brings together an interesting mix of actors for an entertaining action comedy.
"R.I.P.D" mixes together elements of "Men in Black", "Ghost", "Heaven Can Wait" and "Ghostbusters", but creates something original, both in its content and in its look. The story is a little thin at times, but the script is often clever and the visuals are terrific. The camera angles, the special effects and the use of 3-D are among the most original and most effective that I've seen in any movie in a long time. Although somewhat disjointed in parts and occasionally silly, "R.I.P.D." is a lot of fun and makes everything on screen look very much alive! "B+"
Perhaps the title was to blame in putting people off. The audience just isn't quite sure what to expect when faced with such a gimmicky film name. Although the source of the title is clarified in the film, if I had been director Robert Schwentke, I would have primed my project for success with a name that doesn't cause confusion from the offset.
In actual fact, the film reminded me in many ways of Ghostbusters. All of the negative reviews and comments had been thinking that such a throwback classic as Ghostbusters might not have been so well received if released today; and that's allowing for the modernization of special effects and wardrobe.
R.I.P.D. sees Ryan Reynolds, in perfect form, teamed with Jeff Bridges, in a revival of his wild west persona from True Grit. They are working for a special police force of the afterlife; tracking down the baddies who have tried to escape their final judgement by camouflaging themselves at humans back on Earth.
We watched the movie on cable and did not see the 3D effects, but I can bet they were fairly eye-popping. The script was witty and the idea was fresh. Reynolds and Bridges made a great team. I have a soft spot for afterlife films anyhow. If a script has a solid backbone, a bit of comedic play is no longer annoying. I accepted this one, massively disgusting ghosties (that reminded me of Fat Bastard from Austin Powers) and all. I'd hope for a sequel, but I don't think the chances look to bright. I'm just glad that I looked past the title and gave this one a chance.