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RIPD (2013) Movie Review

RIPD (2013) Movie Review
RIPD (2013) Movie Review

RIPD (2013) Movie Review

Released : July 19th, 2013

Reviewed : July 24th, 2013

Genre : Action / Sci-Fi

Story (from IMDB) : A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.

 

Review :

 

RIPD is a film with so much potential which will sadly go down as the biggest flop for a comic book movie all year as well as a flop overall.

The story revolves around Nick who after getting killed during a police raid is recruited by the RIPD (Rest In Peace Department) to help them rid the earth of the deados that roam in with the living. Once Nick joins the force he meets his rough veteran partner Roy and are soon in the middle of a case trying to figure out why Nick was killed while also helping stop the destruction of the world. It never gets too deep or complicated storywise and pretty much makes it where you can expect what is going to happen next. Thankfully the pace moves at a steady pace and is never too slow.

Unfortunately what almost kills the movie is the writing. There is so much banter, one liners, and jokes that are attempted but rarely go through. Occasionally there will be a joke that is funny but for the most part what you end getting is jokes that ultimately don’t deliver.

Action wise the film does a entertaining job with some decent special effects. The deados look okay but most of them don’t look like anything you haven’t seen before. You have one that is fat, ones with cracks, ones with tentacles, etc. They explode into colored air and that’s it for them. As with any action movie you have the car chases and foot chases thrown in for good mix. The car chase isn’t the best seen but in a generic movie like this it is at least watchable.

With the bad writing though the big loss is the cast. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges have good on screen chemistry and given a decent script could have been better. Reynolds is playing the same role as the straight talking guy while Jeff Bridges playing the crazy veteran cop with a life back in the old time west. Mary-Louise Parker plays the recruiter / boss to Nick and Roy. While her character has a dry sense of humor that often works I feel like her character never did much and was sometimes used too much or not enough. They also tried tacking on more story to her that ultimately did little to nothing for the story overall. Kevin Bacon though as always is great. He can play a dirty cop to a perfection, again though if given better writing it would of been much better for him.

Overall we end up with a story that does enough to push forward, generic action, a good cast, but horrible writing. Maybe down they line they will reboot this series and try again because what we end up with a below average comic book / action / sci-fi film. It you truly want to see it wait till it comes out on DVD.

 

Score :

4/10

 

 

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Men In Black 3 (2012) Movie Review

Men In Black 3 (2012) Movie Review
Men In Black 3 (2012) Movie Review

Men In Black 3 (2012) Movie Review

Released : May 25th, 2012

Reviewed : June 21st, 2012

Genre : Action / Sci-Fi

Story (from IMDB) :

Agent J travels in time to MIB’s early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history

 

Review :

 

Remember the talk of a MIB3 being made and already you were excited for it, then you heard it would have the same cast and the excitement grew, then release day comes and reviews are mixed for it. While finally I decided to give in and use my free ticket to go see if MIB3 would be what I hoped it would be and for the record, it isn’t.

 

Now really I have two major complaints for this film first of being it gets pretty boring I think in parts and the second being Tommy Lee Jones (or lack of). Now the entire time travel story is decent and all for this film (though with the ten years since MIB2 came out they could of made something better) the film for the first half of so moves generally slow. There are only a handful of action scenes and I felt like many of the jokes in the film fell flat. Will Smith gave his all to make it work but the jokes just didn’t gain a response from anyone. Now my major thing with this film is the lack of Tommy Lee Jones in the film. I know the story line makes it so that they are back in the past but Tommy Lee Jones was always one of the best things about the films and the scenes that he does have in this film are great and he plays the role to a perfection.

 

On the other hand though they cast Josh Brolin to play a young Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and this is one of his stand out roles for sure. He captures every Jones put into the role and almost more as later in the film we see how Agent K use to act. The combo of Brolin and Smith still works great but again a lot of the jokes seem to fall through. They have the chemistry together, just maybe if there was a better script it could work a lot better.

 

Now the last 30 minutes or so really pick the film up as the final showdown occurs and that by itself is quite entertaining. Also the twist ending (which I did not see coming) made the film a lot better I think plus set it up for sequels (but we knew they’d make more anyway). Overall it is worth a watch if your a fan but even with the great cast it still has enough shortcomings to keep it from being as good as the previous two, it still is worth the view though.

 

Score :

 

6/10