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R.I.P.D.

By KRISTI MITSUDA
If R.I.P.D. surpasses anyone’s expectations, it’ll be only because they were so low to begin with. Screened after press deadlines—shorthand for a studio’s no-confidence vote—director Robert Schwentke’s movie has already been critically dismissed as one of the year’s worst. Dismal box office numbers have revealed its aspirations to the Hollywood Holy Grail of franchisability—inflated budget, comic-book origins and buddy-cop structure—as hubris. Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds star as deceased policemen in the Rest in Peace Department, who’ve been recruited to bring to justice those on Earth who’ve managed to escape Judgment. The usual suspects—bland love story, supervillain foil, hit-or-miss comedic banter, prickliness between the partners morphing into mutual respect—are rounded up. One might catch glimpses of redemption: Reynolds walks through a freeze-framed world of destruction upon his death before spiraling upwards into the sky, which almost justifies the otherwise superfluous 3-D conversion; Bridges gleefully contorts his character from True Grit; Mary-Louise Parker’s bureau chief carries an air of dark madness about her. So move along, nothing to see here.
 
  • Genres: Action, Crime drama, Fantasy
  • Release Date: Friday, July 19, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Language, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action, Sex References, Some Sensuality, Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: C-
  • Starring: Jeff Bridges [Roy Pulsifer], Ryan Reynolds [Nick Walker], Kevin Bacon [Hayes], Mary-Louise Parker [Proctor], Stephanie Szostak [Julia], Robert Knepper [Stanley Nawicki], James Hong [Nick's Avatar], Marisa Miller [Roy's Avatar], Mike O'Malley [Elliot], Devin Ratray [Pulaski], Larry Campbell [Officer Murphy]
  • Directed by: Robert Schwentke [Director], Phil Hay [Screenwriter], Matt Manfredi [Screenwriter], Neal H. Moritz [Producer], Mike Richardson [Producer], Michael Fottrell [Producer], Ori Marmur [Executive Producer], Ryan Reynolds [Executive Producer], Jonathon Martin [Executive Producer], David Dobkin [Executive Producer], Keith Goldberg [Executive Producer], Peter Lenkov [Executive Producer], Alwin Küchler [Cinematographer], Alec Hammond [Production Design], Mark Helfrich [Film Editor], Christophe Beck [Original Music], Susan Lyall [Costume Designer], Deborah Aquila [Casting], David Scott [Art Director], Kathy Lucas [Set Decoration]
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