Men in Black. This sentence was running through my head during the entire movie, sort of steampunked adventures of Jay and Kay that offer a different setting for basically the same plot. Now I don’t wanna be too harsh on the movie, it had great visuals that weren’t as aggressive as in the other movies of the same genre, decent jokes and Jeff Bridges. Men in Black wasn’t the first, nor it will be the last, obviously, to take that department of strange stuff as the basis of its story. Now, R.I.P.D. was sort of a spoof on these movies, an entertaining take on the whole parallel paranormal world with weird creatures and forces of good fighting them that first saw light in 2001 as a comic published by Dark Horse Entertainment. Since movies based on graphic novels are doing pretty good in the theaters, Rest In Peace Department took its chance, and “flopped”. This should not concern you, since the word flop or a bomb is something that’s only important to people who actually invested money in the movie. As far as we are concerned, there’s only one question that needs to be answered: Should I see it?

RIPD PosterDetective Nick Walker of Boston Police Department has been naughty. I emphasize has been, because he’s now dead and on his way to an afterlife. The naughty part concerns pieces of a gold medallion that he and his colleague Bobby Hayes stole during a drug bust. Nick didn’t have enough time to think about the things he’s done, and he’s already dead, but death is just the beginning (I always wanted to use that line). Welcome to R.I.P.D. or Rest In Peace Department, a special unit of carefully selected men and women that protects the world as we know it from all kinds of ghoulish creatures…

From this moment, R.I.P.D works as any other police movie, you got yourself a rookie cop (who isn’t) and a veteran detective, and when I say veteran I really mean that (from the 1800s) and the villains. The story is a mishmash of Ghostbusters, Men in Black and basically any other movie with a portal opening in the middle of the fucking city. Now the answer to the most important question: should I see it? Yes, and the reasons for that are purely entertaining, if you want to watch something that will be amusing for an hour and a half, without any lasting effect or value, check it out. If you start with the “wrongful support” rhetoric, then skip it immediately because it’s the living incarnation of consumerism, formulas and all the other crap…

Director: Robert Schwentke

Writer: Phil Hay (screenplay), Matt Manfredi

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, James Hong, Robert Knepper, Marisa Miller

Fun Facts: Zach Galifianakis was originally cast as Roy Powell, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. 

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790736/

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