Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline this supernatural action-adventure as two cops dispatched by the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) to protect and serve the living from increasingly destructive spirits hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork to restore the cosmic balance...or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.
More action film than comedy, R.I.P.D.
feels like you're watching a good video game, thanks to a blend of live action and computer-generated images. Based on the Dark Horse comic, the premise of the story is that precincts full of undead police officers, who were corrupt during their living years, roam the earth as part of the Rest in Peace Department, rounding up dead people and keeping the living safe in exchange for a good word put in with "eternal affairs." Newly double-crossed officer Nick (Ryan Reynolds) and his long-undead partner Roy (Jeff Bridges), who died way back in the time of the Wild West, stumble upon a plot to reverse the flow of the one-way tunnel to the afterworld and suddenly find the entire future of the world in their hands. Their mission of containment has just become an all-out war against the dead. The characters in this film are quirky, and the fact that they appear to the living in very different bodies than their original forms adds plenty of comic moments, but the film is first and foremost an action movie. The special effects are good and the story is entertaining enough, so while it's not destined to be an award winner, R.I.P.D.
is 96 minutes of enjoyably forgettable movie fun. --Tami Horiuchi