Peter Feldman
1 minute read
4 Oct 2013
8:20 am

R.I.P.D is dead on arrival

Peter Feldman

R.I.P.D is a fantasy yarn that uses some big names to bolster its credentials, but fails to work on any level. It's not funny, it's not exciting and its certainly not engaging.

On paper it sounds solid. A couple of dead cops – Old West lawman Roy (Bridges) and Boston cop Nick (Reynolds) – return to Earth as agents for the R.I.P.D. (Rest In Peace Department) in different bodies to send people who have cheated death to their judgments.

During their investigations, they learn that a group of these “Deaders,” led by Nick’s dastardly ex-partner, Hayes (Bacon), are assembling an ancient artifact that will allow them to trigger the apocalypse.

This is yet another of those senseless productions that explores the end of the world of which I, for one, am growing increasingly tired. Based on the Dark Horse comic, R.I.P.D is about mismatched buddies who have to deal with all kinds of abnormal challenges. It never works.