Nick (Reynolds) was shot in the face by his partner Hayes (Kevin Bacon). However, on his way to his judgment for either heaven or hell, Nick is given the option to join the Rest in Peace Department Boston division, a department consisting of slain cops sent back to the land of the living in order to bring in those that have died but disguised themselves, think Men In Black in how the dead are disguised and how the R.I.P.D. brings them in.
Nick is teamed with Roy (Bridges) an officer that died during the Wild West. They clash quite a bit, as Nick is getting over the trauma of death, betrayal and leaving behind the love of his life, Julia (Stephanie Szostak). At first the film starts off as a usual cop drama with cool third-person camera views for the action and there is a bit of building the emotional bond between Nick and Julia. Comedy is thrown in here and there with Bridges providing the majority of the laughs. But once Nick is killed, the dialogue, the backgrounds, almost everything takes a sci-fi approach where the 3D aspect takes full form.
Roy living with his angry of getting eaten by coyotes and Nick realizing in his new form of an old Chinese man is powerless in stopping Hayes and helping Julia, the two eventually embark on their main assignment which ironically leads them back into Hayes who is involved with the dead roaming the Earth.
The end result is an armageddon-like confrontation that is incredible to view as the special effects were jaw-dropping.
If this movie focused more on being an adventure instead of a mix of a drama, romance, and action it would have been a lot more enjoyable. The range of emotions is all over the place, there’s some funny lines and some deep lines about moving on in life after the loss of a loved one, but then it’s an over-the-top laser shooting fest. This flick is weird, worth watching for the cool 3D fights but far from the intriguing storytelling of MIB.
Run time of 96 minutes
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