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|Production country:||USA 2013|
|Running time:||Approx. 95 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Cop Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) is astonished when he is shot by his partner Hayes (Kevin Bacon) during a mission. But he is even more surprised about what happens afterwards. Because Nick suddenly finds himself in a kind of intermediate world, in which he is faced with a choice by the tough Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker): he can challenge his luck and try to get to heaven with the dirt he's stuck with. But that could end in him ending up in eternal purgatory. But he could also commit himself to serve the R.I.P.D., the Rest In Peace Department, for 100 years. He would have to capture such escaped souls, who have mixed with the living again on earth, and transport them back to the eternal hunting grounds. Nick accepts the offer and is put at the side of the rude Sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) as a partner. Between the two unequal men trouble seems to be inevitable. But faster than they like, they have to assert themselves as a team. Hayes, of all people, is close to implementing a truly diabolical plan that could wipe out all life on Earth…
With the filming of the comic "R.I.P.D." by Peter M. Lenkov, the German director Robert Schwentke actually wanted to build on the successes of his box office hits "Flightplan" and "R.E.D.". The story of the fantasy action film actually sounds like a big blockbuster potential. And also the first trailer for the movie looked very promising. There the whole thing seemed like an amusing mixture of "Men in Black" and "Ghostbusters", with lots of action, humour and great effects. But unfortunately the movie can't keep what the trailer promises. With a few exceptions, the effects are really mau. Especially the monstrous souls, which are supposed to hunt Roy and Nick and which have obviously been created on the computer, just look cheap and sometimes really ridiculous.
In addition, the parallels to "Men in Black" are much more pronounced than the trailer suggests. In some scenes you even get the feeling that you are dealing with a rather shameless copy, which lacks any form of independence and originality. After a decent start, showing Nick's last effort, the quality curve drops rapidly as he enters the R.I.P.D. premises. There are some amusing moments and Jeff Bridges as a grumpy sheriff with a special relationship to his hat is always in a good mood. But against the unimaginativeness of the story and the disappointing effects, even the "Dude" simply can't get along.
Although this sounds like a cinematic catastrophe, "R.I.P.D." is still quite entertaining despite its weaknesses. The short 95 minutes go by without really getting bored. And the verbal fights between Nick and Roy are sometimes really amusing, especially when it comes to the bodies in which they move among the living. Because while Roy shows herself as a sexy blonde here, the once so attractive Nick now has to settle for a somewhat unfavourable avatar. Moreover, the final third of the movie also has some nice action moments to offer. But what makes the comic filming so disappointing is that all the signs point to the potential for something much better having been there. Something that doesn't play it safe and shamelessly uses "Men in Black" and "Ghost". Something that creates its very own world and offers the viewer more than a constant Déjà-vu feeling.
In the USA "R.I.P.D." is already considered one of the biggest financial flops of the year. But it is questionable whether those responsible are drawing the right lessons from such failures and instead of proving more courage for something new, are relying even more on the familiar and less original. But perhaps, quite perhaps, this is also a kind of wake-up call that Hollywood desperately needs to allow its big blockbusters a breath of fresh air as well. The fact that "R.I.P.D." will be a box-office hit in Germany can rightly be doubted. Nevertheless: if you liked the "Men in Black" movies and are satisfied with a weaker version, you could have fun with this police operation from the afterlife!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp