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Thursday, 8 August 2013

"R.I.P.D" Movie Review

The film starts off with a cop, Nick (played by Ryan Reynolds) being killed during an incident. After his death, he was chosen by the R.I.P.D (Rest In Peace Department) to be their officer. R.I.P.D is a group of undead polices who hunt for the deceased souls who escaped their judgement. Nick was being paired up with a veteran sheriff, Roy (played by Jeff Bridges) in R.I.P.D. When they are doing their jobs in the living world, Nick would appear as an old Chinese while Roy would appear as a hot blonde chick.

What will R.I.P.D job like?

How the chemistry between Nick and Roy would be?

Let’s find out how Nick and Roy make the escaped souls REST IN PEACE at your nearest cinema now!

“R.I.P.D” is actually based on a comic book with the same name. The story feels similar like MIB (Men In Black) and some of the enemies look like MIB aliens too. The only difference is, in this movie, the enemies are the dead souls instead of aliens. With the similar formula like MIB and great trailer, many people would have high expectation on this film. However, the significant flaws stop it from reaching the top.

The movie has a familiar plot with a good pacing. It has some funny moments which can definitely make you laugh. Other than that, the plot is basically predictable and you would have already figured out what would happen next after every scene. The action sequence in the movie is fast and satisfactory but the CGI effects during those action scenes are unrealistic and not well-crafted. But the camera angles at certain scenes are spectacular.

As for character development, only Nick’s life was explained more but Roy’s background is basically ignored.  Of course, I personally think that the interaction between Nick and Roy is really good. However, Ryan’s and Jeff’s acting in this film is not their best compared to other films they have taken part in. For the background setting, nothing much was really explained regarding the parallel worlds of the death and the living beings. It is hard for the audience to digest and get engaged with the setting in the film.

Anyway, while the movie does have some good moments, all these moments are basically those good scenes covered in the trailer video. The best parts of the movie are actually already shown in the trailer. So, the rest of the movie is basically mediocre with a lot of illogical events and unexplained matters.  For the miscellaneous, the background music score was nothing special but tolerable.

What I like about the movie:
  1. MIB –like plot with well-paced storyline progression
  2. Action sequence is fast and sufficient
  3. Some humours which would make the audience laugh
  4. Spectacular camera angle at certain scenes
  5. Good chemistry between the two main actors
What I dislike about the movie:
  1. Predictable plot
  2. Unsatisfying CGI effect
  3. Background setting which are not engaging
  4. Some unexplained plot holes

This movie deserves 5.5/10.0!

If you enjoy MIB and would really love to watch a movie with almost similar concept, then maybe you would enjoy this film!

If you are expecting this film to be much better than its trailer, you will mostly get disappointed! It is indeed unique and interesting at some points, but the good moments in the film that you will see is what you might have already seen in the trailer!

Published by WLJack.

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