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|Directed by||Robert Schwentke|
|Produced by||Neal H. Moritz
Peter M. Lenkov
|Screenplay by||Phil Hay
|Story by||David Dobkin
|Based on||Rest in Peace Department
by Peter M. Lenkov
|Music by||Christophe Beck|
|Edited by||Mark Helfrich|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||96 minutes|
R.I.P.D. is a 2013 American science fiction action thriller comedy film starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. Robert Schwentke directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the comic book Rest In Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov. The film also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, and Stephanie Szostak.
Principal photography was completed on January 28, 2012, and the film was originally set to be released on June 28, 2013 in the United States by Universal Pictures, but was pushed back to July 19, 2013. The film received negative reviews from critics and was a box office bomb.
Boston Police Department detectives Nick Walker and Bobby Hayes steal gold discovered on duty. During a subsequent raid, Hayes kills Walker to prevent him from returning the gold. In the afterlife, Walker is recruited by Mildred Proctor, director of the Boston division of the 'Rest In Peace Department' (R.I.P.D.): an agency of deceased police officers from many different eras who investigate, capture, and often destroy the renegade ghosts known as "deadoes" who stay on Earth as monsters. Walker is thereupon assigned as junior partner to Roy Pulsipher, a former U.S. Marshal and soldier of the American Civil War.
Walker and Pulsipher attend Walker's funeral, where Walker learns that R.I.P.D. officers are assigned disguises concealing their true forms. After failing to communicate with his wife, Julia, Walker accompanies Pulsipher to arrest suspect Stanley Nawlicki, who is eventually destroyed by Pulsipher. Pieces of gold identical to those Walker stole, are found in Nawlicki's possession. Walker and Pulsipher then meet with Pulsipher's informant Elliot, whom Walker dupes into identifying Hayes as his contact. Walker and Pulsipher follow Hayes to Walker's old house, where Hayes retrieves Walker's share of the gold. After quarreling over the stolen gold, they watch Hayes deliver the gold to a "deado" named Pulaski, who, upon interrogation by the protagonists, exposes his true form to the city's mortal population. Walker and Pulsipher are suspended from the investigation; but continue their pursuit after learning the pieces of gold are components of the 'Staff of Jericho', a machine capable of reversing the passage of souls from life to afterlife.
Walker and Pulsipher capture Hayes, now identified as a deado; but Hayes and other deados (including Pulaski) escape, seize the components of the Staff of Jericho, and return to Earth. While the deados assemble the Staff of Jericho, Hayes kidnaps Julia as a human sacrifice to activate it. There, Pulsipher destroys the Staff of Jericho and Walker destroys Hayes, but Julia is injured by Hayes. She is close to death, but Walker tells her she must live. She is later seen recovering in the hospital, being checked by Proctor. Proctor reinstates Walker and Pulsipher, gives Walker a new disguise for his dissatisfaction with the previous, and adds 53 more years to Pulsipher's term in R.I.P.D.
- Jeff Bridges as Roycephus "Roy" Pulsipher, a United States Marshal and former American Civil War soldier from the Wild West and veteran R.I.P.D. officer.
- Ryan Reynolds as Nick Walker, a Boston Police detective sergeant who is murdered and becomes Roy Pulsipher's partner.
- Kevin Bacon as Bobby Hayes, a Boston Police detective lieutenant who is in league with the deados.
- Mary-Louise Parker as Mildred Proctor: commanding officer of RIPD's Boston division.
- Stephanie Szostak as Julia Walker, Nick's wife/widow.
- James Hong as Grandpa Jerry Chen, Nick's avatar #1.
- Marisa Miller as Opal Pavlenko, Roy's avatar.
- Devin Ratray as Pulaski
- Robert Knepper as Stanley Nawlicki, a deado.
- Mike O'Malley as Elliot, Fenway Park's scoreboard operator.
- Larry Joe Campbell as Officer Murphy
- Piper Mackenzie Harris as Girl Scout, Nick's avatar #2.
- Toby Huss, Mike Judge, Jon Olson as Various Deado Voices.
Zach Galifianakis was originally cast as Roy Pulsipher, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Jodie Foster was originally considered for the role of Proctor, but in the end, Mary-Louise Parker was cast.
The soundtrack to RIPD was released on July 16, 2013.
|2.||"The Ascent"||Christophe Beck||2:13|
|3.||"Elevator Chase"||Christophe Beck||1:58|
|5.||"Evidence Room"||Christophe Beck||1:25|
|7.||"Nick's Funeral"||Christophe Beck||1:47|
|8.||"A Closer Look"||Christophe Beck||2:05|
|10.||"A Powerful Artifact"||Christophe Beck||1:59|
|11.||"First Vortex"||Christophe Beck||0:39|
|12.||"Fat Elvis"||Christophe Beck||1:09|
|13.||"Raining Cars"||Christophe Beck||2:19|
|14.||"Hunting Hayes"||Christophe Beck||1:22|
|15.||"Track Ghost"||Christophe Beck||1:38|
|16.||"High Noon"||Christophe Beck||1:14|
|17.||"Half Spheres"||Christophe Beck||1:21|
|18.||"House Wrecked"||Christophe Beck||1:15|
|19.||"Icy Hot Partner"||Christophe Beck||1:10|
|20.||"Mano a Mano"||Christophe Beck||1:42|
|22.||"Roy's Hat"||Christophe Beck||1:14|
|23.||"The Better Man"||Jeff Bridges||4:15|
An Atlus published video game based on the film and 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 features gameplay similar to their previous game, God Mode. Just like its film counterpart, R.I.P.D. The Game received mostly negative reviews.
Universal Pictures did not formally screen R.I.P.D. for critics prior to its release, and upon its theatrical debut received very negative reviews. The film's approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes stands at 13% (twelve out of 91 cited professional reviews being positive); the site states that, "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." 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.
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." Kyle Smith of the New York Post gave 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.
R.I.P.D. grossed $33,618,855 in the United States–Canada market, plus $44,705,365 internationally, for a combined gross of $78,324,220. 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, and the final gross equaling little over half of the budget.
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