In the last week we were given our first proper glimpse of the Jeff Bridges/Ryan Reynolds starring vehicle; RIPD (Rest In Peace Department).
Now when I first heard about this film’s concept my mind was full of possibilities. After all, a story about a police team made up of dead people, whose sole purpose is to hunt and capture lawbreaking ghosts sounds incredible. Also, knowing that it was based on a graphic novel (which I am yet to read) made me think it would be in equal parts gritty and bold.
Then came the casting news. I like Ryan Reynolds, he’s funny and knows how to lay out the sarcasm, and Jeff Bridges, who is……..well he’s Jeff Bridges, he’s the Dude for crying out loud! Everything was looking good for a unique and totally original new blockbuster.
What I don’t understand then, is why the film looks to be a complete ripoff of Men in Black! It’s not just a little bit similar, I actually felt like I was watching the trailer for Men in Black but with Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds playing Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith respectively.
There’s a secret agency building, all decked out in bright white with a myriad strange CGI characters wandering around causing a ruckus, a comedic CEO who delivers dead pan commands and exposition (this time it’s Mary Louise-Parker instead of Rip Torn), enemies that explode in a ball of blue slime and of course a strained student/teacher relationship played for laughs between the two leads.
I’m still hoping that it’ll be a good fun movie. But that’s all it’s going to be; a bit of fluff that doesn’t offend or over excite. If anything I’m just happy to see a mainstream onscreen return for David Lo-Pan himself James Hong.
What are your thoughts on RIPD? Are you looking forward to it or does the trailer turn you off for whatever reason. It has quite a strong lineup to go up against this summer (Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, Monsters University etc) so it will be interesting to see how it fares.