‘R.I.P.D.’ Review: Entertainment For The Deado

R.I.P.D. Review
R.I.P.D. Review

The first thing that I must say about R.I.P.D. is that it comes across like one of those really odd dreams that people have where they’re not quite sure what the heck is going on. Things are just bizarre, odd, sometimes funny, and then incredibly bizarre once again. That perfectly describes R.I.P.D. and the outlandish journey that it takes viewers on.

The story follows Ryan Reynolds’ character, a police officer who is killed during a police raid. However, instead of his soul going to heaven or hell, he begins working for the Rest in Peace Department. This department is an organization that hunts down “deados,” which are people who die but remain on earth. He and his partner, Jeff Bridges, stumble across some mysterious gold that is actually part of a bigger plan. Deados are trying to reverse a portal to bring the dead back to earth. Oh my!

The movie is filled with a rambling Jeff Bridges where most of the time it’s nearly impossible to understand what the heck he is saying, and not just because he mumbles and talks with his mouth full. His rambles are just strange like the rest of the movie, though I can see some finding humor in this. There is a lot of nonsense that gets thrown in for dialog simply to add some of the odd humor. Communication between Jeff Bridges and Reynolds’ characters basically feeds on two personalities that don’t quite agree or get along on anything, so that leads to more random babble between the two.

In its own weird way, R.I.P.D. could probably entertain a few folks who are looking for something that goes far beyond the ordinary and simply does odd in the form of a monster invading storyline where two dead officers, Reynolds and Bridges, must do everything they can to stop the plot. These R.I.P.D. officers take a heck of a beating, but they’re indestructible outside of a special bullet that can kill them with a headshot. That’s how both the officers and monsters kill each other in the movie.

R.I.P.D. is what it is. It’s not a great movie, it’s hard to recommend, but it does have scenes that people rarely see, though that’s not necessarily a good thing either. However, I can guarantee that everyone will walk away from this moving wondering what the ‘frak’ they just watched. I suppose the actors did play their parts well considering what the parts were. I’m fairly confident that they had a lot of fun acting out these unusual scenes.

Special features on Bluray include 2 alternate openings, R.I.P.D. motion comics, Walking Among Us: Deados and Avatars, Anatomy of a Shootout, deleted scenes, The Making of…, and more.

Score: D