Monday, 20 October 2014

R.I.P.D. Review (Updated)


Release Date: 12th September 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Original Film
Dark Horse Entertainment

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Action/Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 96 minutes

Budget: $130,000,000

Box Office Gross: $78,324,220 

Plot Summary
Wise-cracking Sheriff Roy 
Pulsifer is a veteran of the 
R.I.P.D. He has assigned 
Nick Walker a rising star 
detective killed in his prime. 
The unlikely partners 
uncover a plot that could 
end life as we know it and 
have to work together 
before the earth is overcome 
by angry souls unwilling to 
face justice.

Ryan Reynolds - Nick Walker
Jeff Bridges - Sheriff Roy Pulsifer
Kevin Bacon - Bobby Hayes
Mary-Louise Parker - Mildred 
Stephanie Szostak - Julia Walker
James Hong - Grandpa Jerry 
Marisa Miller - Opal Pavlenko
Devin Ratray - Pulaski
Robert Knepper - Stanley Nawlicki

Director - Robert Schwentke
Based on Dark Horse Comic 
Book "R.I.P.D."/Executive 
Producer - Peter M. Lenkov
Story/Executive Producer -
David Dobkin
Story/Screenplay - Phil Hay
and Matt Manfredi
Producers - Neal H. Moritz,
Mike Richardson and Michael
Production Designer - Alec
Costume Designer - Susan Lyall
Director of Photography - Alwin K├╝chler
Creature Design Consultant - Mike Elizalde
Visual Effects Supervisors - Jeffrey Stewart
and Mike Wassel
Visual Effects Supervisor: Rhythm & Hues -
Derek Spears
Film Editor - Mark Helfrich
Music - Christophe Beck

In 2013, everyone was rising up to see the new money-making hits like the sequel of HUNGER GAMES, the overrated Disney feature FROZEN and many others. But what of the other movies that are buggered by the big giants at the box office? There are many people that consider AFTER EARTH (click here), THE LONE RANGER and R.I.P.D. to be this year's contenders, I choose the latter for its improper missteps. The movie is not bad nor too good, it was just below in average. I do believe that it does approach the similarities to MEN IN BLACK (MIB) (click here), I don't see the valour that it supposedly contained in the film such as the good acting chemistry or the big rounds of vfx.

I was not convinced that Ryan Reynolds reached his potential in this big-budget lacklustre movie. At least, his performance was quite restrained in comparison to some of his previous work. Elderly co-star Jeff Bridges did a perfect but over-the-top cowboy impression for one of the main characters he portrays, needless to say it won't stop the movie from getting its fractures. More of the complaints I mope about this entire monster-mayhem is the monsters looking poorly visually-integrated and unrealistic in a way the artists are not rendering the designs properly. That convinced me to see the creatures needed some improvement.

Humour probably being one of the few strengths of R.I.P.D., this however will not be enough to change my opinion of this MIB/GHOSTBUSTERS wannabe. My recommendation to everyone is if you are eager for a comedic supernatural action flick, don't waste your time with this movie. Instead you may like to watch the first MEN IN BLACK film.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

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