R.I.P.D. - Recap Review

What's good

- Some fairly interesting ideas of how the afterlife works
- Jeff Bridges performance is almost constantly fun to watch (if yet very slapsticky)
- (So bad it's good?)

What's bad

- The entire movie concept is basically a cheap Men in Black rip-off
- Generally bad execution of a fairly simple concept
- Dumb dialogue
- Ryan Reynolds makes for a bland and unlikable protagonist
- Shoehorned-in supernatural antagonist with unclear motivations
- Overall weak characters
- Extremely forgettable and formulaic story...extremely
- Many expensive CG effects that somehow look very very cheap  


- Jeff Bridges obviously being still stuck in True Grit

The Verdict

Aside from being a blatant Men in Black rip-off, R.I.P.D. is a prime example for an uninspired, half-heartedly made blockbuster with a bunch of effects thrown in to get some cash through the summer season without putting much effort into it.
The sheer fact that Ryan Reynolds is the main protagonist in yet another over-the-top action movie should be warning enough for you. Additionally, a very badly written script gives you only the most uninspired, bland dialogue and storyline possible that make you see plot twists coming miles away. To be fair, it has to be said that there are some shortly impressive ideas scattered around, unfortunately the movie's bag of tricks runs out very quickly leaving you with nothing else.
Not even Jeff Bridges enjoying his honestly funny performance as a ghostly sheriff can save this slapped together mess of a movie. Whether this is a "so bad it's good experience" remains to be seen when the movie hits store shelves. But right as of now, avoid seeing it and watch Men in Black again.      

Final Verdict: 2 out of 10

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