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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

 

 

Jack Reacher (2012) Movie Review

Jack Reacher (2012) Movie Review
Jack Reacher (2012) Movie Review

Jack Reacher (2012) Movie Review

Released : Dec.21st, 2012

Reviewed : May 6th, 2013

Genre : Action / Thriller

Story (from IMDB) :

A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

 

Review :

 

Tom Cruise must enjoy making movies that are over 2 hours long since all his movies are long now. Though adding length to a movie isn’t always the best thing.

We end up with a huge story which ends up sizzling down the further the movie goes on. A sniper shoots five random victims, who may not be random, but the shooter is then beaten into a coma and calls out for the mysterious unknown ghost known as Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher then comes in and then it seems without little trouble or delay and gets any info in the case he wants. In the mean people try to kill him or frame him during his attempt at finding the truth. It seems to be a story that really tries to be deep and engrossing yet ends up being borderline bearable

Cruise thankfully brings out his decent action skills for some parts of the movie. The final fight is rather good and throughout he does engage his random chases and shootouts to be expected in a action movie. The problem is the scenes even when good are either expected or drawn out because of the story. There are many parts in the film where it gets drawn out with dialog and the action is almost used as a breaking point. Tom Cruise though does a decent enough role as the main mystery man though you can swap the character out in this movie with the last Mission Impossible and he is still playing the same guy really. It’s almost not even worth nothing any other actors because after watching the movie you’ll forget about them. The second hand cast is just there in the actions pretty much.

They at least set it up where down the line I expect to see many sequels to this and if done better next time it could become a rather good action / thriller series. Unfortunantly this one is just rather average. It’s worth a watch sure, but its nothing anyone will likely go out of their way to see.

 

Score :

5/10