R.I.P.D.

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R.I.P.D.
R.I.P.D. Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert Schwentke
Produced byNeal H. Moritz
Mike Richardson
David Dobkin
Peter M. Lenkov
Screenplay byPhil Hay
Matt Manfredi
Story byDavid Dobkin
Phil Hay
Matt Manfredi
Based onRest in Peace Department 
by Peter M. Lenkov
StarringJeff Bridges
Ryan Reynolds
Kevin Bacon
Mary-Louise Parker
Stephanie Szostak
Music byChristophe Beck[1]
CinematographyAlwin Küchler
Editing byMark Helfrich
StudioOriginal Film
Relativity Media
Dark Horse Entertainment
Distributed byUniversal Pictures[2]
Release dates
  • July 19, 2013 (2013-07-19)
Running time96 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States[2]
LanguageEnglish
Budget$130 million[4][5]
Box office$78,324,220[5]
 
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R.I.P.D.
R.I.P.D. Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert Schwentke
Produced byNeal H. Moritz
Mike Richardson
David Dobkin
Peter M. Lenkov
Screenplay byPhil Hay
Matt Manfredi
Story byDavid Dobkin
Phil Hay
Matt Manfredi
Based onRest in Peace Department 
by Peter M. Lenkov
StarringJeff Bridges
Ryan Reynolds
Kevin Bacon
Mary-Louise Parker
Stephanie Szostak
Music byChristophe Beck[1]
CinematographyAlwin Küchler
Editing byMark Helfrich
StudioOriginal Film
Relativity Media
Dark Horse Entertainment
Distributed byUniversal Pictures[2]
Release dates
  • July 19, 2013 (2013-07-19)
Running time96 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States[2]
LanguageEnglish
Budget$130 million[4][5]
Box office$78,324,220[5]

R.I.P.D. is a 2013 3D American[2] supernatural comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke,[6] based on the comic book Rest In Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov and published by Dark Horse Entertainment. The film stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as Nick Walker and Roy Pulsipher, respectively.

Filming was completed on January 28, 2012,[7] and the film was originally set to be released on June 28, 2013[8] in United States by Universal Pictures but was pushed back to July 19, 2013. The film received negative reviews from critics and performed poorly at the box office.

Plot[edit]

Boston Police Department Detectives Nick Walker and Bobby Hayes steal some gold they find during a drug-bust. Nick buries his share in his backyard, intending to use it to create a better life for himself and his wife, Julia. He immediately regrets his decision, and informs Hayes he intends to return the gold. During a subsequent raid on a warehouse that day, Nick and Hayes get into a shootout with the criminals inside, and Hayes kills Nick to prevent him from returning the gold.

After ascending to limbo in the afterlife, through a whirlpool and tunnel in the sky, Nick is taken into the office of Mildred Proctor – director of the Boston division of the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.). Proctor explains that R.I.P.D. is an agency that recruits deceased police officers to patrol the afterlife and capture "deados"; spirits that failed to cross over and instead stay on Earth as monsters. Nick agrees to join R.I.P.D. for a century, after Proctor explains that it would stave off a potentially negative final judgment, and meets his new partner Roy Pulsipher – a crusty ex-U.S. Marshal who lived in the 1800s.

Nick and Roy return to Earth and attend Nick's funeral, where Nick learns that R.I.P.D. officers are assigned avatars, which is how humans perceive them. Nick's is an elderly Chinese man, Jerry Chen, and Roy's is an attractive Russian woman, Opal Pavlenko. After failing to communicate with Julia, Nick accompanies Roy to the apartment of suspect Stanley Nawlicki, who transforms from his avatar into his monster form via cumin powder. Nawlicki tries to escape, resulting in Roy pushing Nick out of a 20-story building, and is eventually killed by Roy using a soul-killer bullet that erases him from the cosmos. Pieces of gold identical to the ones Nick stole are found in Nawlicki's possession, and logged into evidence.

Nick and Roy then meet with Elliot, Roy's informant and a Red Sox fan, who Nick dupes into leading them to his contact, revealed to be Hayes. Nick and Roy follow him to Nick's old house, where Hayes retrieves Nick's share of the gold, leading Julia to believe that Nick was corrupt. After a brief confrontation between Roy and Nick over the stolen gold, they tail Hayes to a bus depot where he gives the gold to a large ginger-sideburned "deado" named Pulaski. The duo corner Pulaski and try intimidating him by threatening to expose his true form, which he readily does, escapes, and causes enough destruction to make news headlines. Proctor is infuriated and they are suspended and taken off the case by The Eternals (who are in charge of limbo), while Proctor tells them they are likely to be erased. They decide to continue the investigation on their own after learning the pieces of golds are components of the Staff of Jericho, a mystical device that could reverse the tunnel that transports the dead into the afterlife, returning them to Earth.

Nick and Roy visit Hayes, who quickly finds out who they are and reveals himself to be a deado, having cut a deal to remain on Earth after he was killed in a shootout. He removes his St. Christopher charm that masked his true form, and is arrested and taken to the R.I.P.D. headquarters. Hayes and some other deados manage to escape by using a device Hayes had smuggled in that slows time for the R.I.P.D. officers, but not the deados. After stealing the components of the Staff of Jericho they return to Earth. Roy and Nick neutralize the device and end up in a showdown with some of the deados, who use soul-killers to erase several of the R.I.P.D. officers. While the deados assemble the Staff of Jericho, Hayes kidnaps Julia to use her as a human sacrifice to open the portal. Nick and Roy arrive and, after killing the deados, Nick tries to save Julia while Roy destroys the Staff of Jericho and saves the city. Although Nick manages to kill Hayes, Julia succumbs to her wounds and she and Nick share a tearful goodbye.

Julia is revived in the hospital and begins recovery, granted a second chance by Proctor, as a favor to Nick. Proctor also reinstates Nick, who is let off with a warning, and Roy, who gets 53 more years added to his already extended time in R.I.P.D. Knowing that Nick is unhappy with his avatar, Roy pulls some strings to give him a new one – much to Nick's disappointment it turns out to be that of a ten-year-old girl scout.

Cast[edit]

Zach Galifianakis was originally cast as Roy Pulsipher, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.[16] Jodie Foster was originally considered for the role of Proctor, but in the end, Mary-Louise Parker was cast.[17]

Music[edit]

The soundtrack to RIPD was released on July 16, 2013.

No.TitleArtistLength
1."R.I.P.D."  Christophe Beck0:58
2."The Ascent"  Christophe Beck2:13
3."Elevator Chase"  Christophe Beck1:58
4."Orientation"  Christophe Beck2:25
5."Evidence Room"  Christophe Beck1:25
6."Partners"  Christophe Beck0:59
7."Nick's Funeral"  Christophe Beck1:47
8."A Closer Look"  Christophe Beck2:05
9."Nawiki"  Christophe Beck1:59
10."A Powerful Artifact"  Christophe Beck1:59
11."First Vortex"  Christophe Beck0:39
12."Fat Elvis"  Christophe Beck1:09
13."Raining Cars"  Christophe Beck2:19
14."Hunting Hayes"  Christophe Beck1:22
15."Track Ghost"  Christophe Beck1:38
16."High Noon"  Christophe Beck1:14
17."Half Spheres"  Christophe Beck1:21
18."House Wrecked"  Christophe Beck1:15
19."Icy Hot Partner"  Christophe Beck1:10
20."Mano a Mano"  Christophe Beck1:42
21."Goodbye"  Christophe Beck1:52
22."Roy's Hat"  Christophe Beck1:14
23."The Better Man"  Jeff Bridges4:15
Total length:
38:58[18]

Marketing[edit]

On July 16, Adult Swim's YouTube channel uploaded an animated prequel short, which was produced by Titmouse, Inc. and with voice work from Reynolds and Bridges.[19]

A video game based on the film titled R.I.P.D. The Game was released on July 16, 2013 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The game is a co-op third-person shooter set around a survival mode. It was developed by Old School Games and the gameplay is based on their previous game, God Mode. R.I.P.D. The Game received negative reviews.[20]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

R.I.P.D. received very negative reviews from critics, as well as negative responses from moviegoers.[21] Moviefone users gave the movie a 60% rating, whilst critics on the same website gave it 25%.[22] Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rating of 13%, based on 90 reviews, with the consensus: "It has its moments—most of them courtesy of Jeff Bridges' rootin' tootin' performance as an undead Wild West sheriff—but R.I.P.D. is ultimately too dimwitted and formulaic to satisfy."[23] Film critic Roger Moore gave the film one-and-a-half out of four stars, calling it "the worst comic book adaptation since Jonah Hex."[24] At Metacritic, the film received a score of 25 out of 100, based on 27 critics, a generally unfavorable rating among critics, but has a mixed reception among the website's audience.[25] Kyle Smith of the New York Post rated the film a half-star out of four, saying, "For a movie that so strenuously rips off Ghostbusters and Men in Black, R.I.P.D. manages to come up with fresh new ways of being absolutely terrible. The plot manages to be fully predictable and freakishly bonkers at the same time, seemingly born of the same kind of brainstorming-on-L.S.D. session that must have given us Howard the Duck."[26]

Box office[edit]

R.I.P.D. grossed $33,618,855 in the United States, plus $44,705,365 internationally, for a combined gross of $78,324,220.[5] The film has been labeled a box office bomb, with the opening weekend bringing in less than 10% of the film's $130 million production budget.[27]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Wheeler, Jeremy. "R.I.P.D.". Allmovie. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ "R.I.P.D. (12A)". Universal Pictures Int. British Board of Film Classification. August 12, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
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  18. ^ RIPD Soundtrack TheOST. Retrieved January 4, 2014
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