RIPD has its moments, mostly with Jeff Bridges, who plays a sober Rooster Cogburn.
Everything else is dull. RIPD is a mixture of MIB and Ghostbusters, injected into a generic summer blockbuster formula. Our sharp jaw-lined hero must team up with the lone wolf and together, they must save the world from a cataclysmic event.
RIPD doesn’t make any effort to tweak its familiar copy and paste elements to give you something worth paying attention to.
You get typical choreographed shootouts with oversimplified villains. The afterlife bureaucracy reminiscent of Beetlejuice is unexplored. The potential laughs that can be had from the characters’ undercover identities are limited to a dude being a hot chick.
The final nail to the coffin is that Bridges and Reynolds are mismatched. Bridges play it up for laughs and Reynolds is capable as the angsty yet comedic foil. But they have no chemistry at all.
RIPD offers no high-stakes thrills, memorable action scenes, and characters worth watching. This MIB rip-off is a total misfire.
R.I.P.D. is so formulaic that this review could just be praise for Jeff Bridges, a summary, and a rating and it will still be accurate.