Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Robert Schwentke|
Rest in Peace Department
|Music by||Christophe Beck|
|Cinematography||Alwin H. Küchler|
|Edited by||Mark Helfrich|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$78.3 million|
R.I.P.D.: Rest in Peace Department, or simply R.I.P.D., is a 2013 American science fiction action comedy film starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. Robert Schwentke directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the comic book R.I.P.D by Peter M. Lenkov. The film also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stéphanie Szostak, and Marisa Miller.
The film was both a critical and commercial failure, grossing $78 million on a $130 million budget.
Boston Police Department officers Detective Sergeant Nick Walker and Detective Lieutenant Bobby Hayes discover and steal several shards of gold while on duty. Nick buries his share under an orange tree sapling in his garden; his wife, Julia, thinks that the tree is a surprise gift and mentions how content she is with their life together. Nick realizes that they do not need the gold, and decides to submit it as evidence. During a raid later on, Hayes tells Nick that he can't let him turn in the gold, and kills Nick, triggering a shootout to cover up the murder. Time stops around Nick and he is drawn into a vortex in the sky, but is suddenly pulled into a room just before he reaches the top of the vortex.
In the afterlife, Nick finds that he faces eternal damnation for his thievery. As penance, Nick is recruited for the R.I.P.D. (The Rest In Peace Department), who are responsible for finding and returning souls who refuse to move on to the afterlife. Left unchecked, these souls become "deados", monsters disguised as humans, and when their souls begin to rot, the environment rots around them. He is partnered with Roycephus "Roy" Pulsipher, a former U.S. Marshal and participant in the American Civil War. Their first stop is at a cemetery to watch Nick's funeral, and Nick attempts to make his presence known to Julia but is not recognized. Roy explains that R.I.P.D. officers are given new identities and appearances to prevent them from revealing that the afterlife exists; Nick appears as an old Chinese man while Roy appears as a beautiful blonde woman.
On his first field mission, Nick aids Roy in interrogating a suspected deado and discovers the perpetrator is in possession of gold like he and Hayes had stolen. Nick and Roy submit the gold as evidence before visiting one of Roy's informants. Nick tricks the informant into revealing Hayes as his contact. They follow Hayes to Nick's old house, where he "discovers" Nick's stolen gold. Roy and Nick track Hayes and observe him handing the gold off to a deado whom they stop and interrogate. The deado overpowers them, taking the gold and transforming into a hulking monster that leads them on a chase through the city that attracts the attention of normal humans and causes a panic. When the two return to R.I.P.D. headquarters, Chief Mildred Proctor is informed by "Eternal Affairs" that the gold fragments they found are part of an ancient weapon called the Staff of Jericho, which has the power to reverse the flow of souls from Earth to the afterlife. She also receives orders to remove Roy and Nick from the case and to suspend them from active duty due to the exposure caused by the monster's rampage.
Roy and Nick argue, and Nick leaves by himself to try again to reveal himself to Julia, but she is unable to recognize him due to his altered identity and she flees. Roy tails him and they argue, but finally make amends and decide to work together to stop whatever Hayes is planning. They discover that Hayes is a deado and arrest him, but a confiscated item of his freezes the whole department. Hayes and a group of deados escape with the remainder of the gold and assemble the Staff of Jericho, intending to use it to remain in the living world indefinitely. Hayes takes Julia hostage and stabs her as a necessary human sacrifice to activate the staff. A battle ensues; Pulsipher destroys the Staff of Jericho, and Nick exacts his revenge on Hayes. Being critically wounded by the sacrifice puts Julia close enough to death to see Nick for who he is; they reconcile and share a tearful farewell, with Nick encouraging Julia to continue living for both of them.
Later, Proctor informs Nick that Julia will live. She reinstates them both fully, though she adds 53 years to Roy's term in the R.I.P.D. due to her revealed affections for him. As a reward, Roy also gives Nick a new appearance, but he is dismayed to find it is that of a Girl Scout.
- Ryan Reynolds as Nick Walker, a detective sergeant of the Boston Police Department who is murdered and becomes Roy Pulsipher's partner.
- Jeff Bridges as Roycephus "Roy" Pulsipher, a United States Marshal and former American Civil War Yankee soldier from the Wild West and veteran officer of the R.I.P.D.
- Mary-Louise Parker as Mildred Proctor: Head of the Boston Police Department R.I.P.D.
- Kevin Bacon as Bobby Hayes, a detective lieutenant of the Boston Police Department who is in league with the deados.
- Stéphanie Szostak as Julia Walker, Nick's wife / widow.
- Marisa Miller as Opal Pavlenko, Roy's avatar.
- James Hong as Grandpa Jerry Chen, Nick's avatar #1.
- Devin Ratray as Pulaski, a Deado
- Robert Knepper as Stanley Nawicki, 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, and 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|
The film grossed only $12.7 million in its opening weekend and ended its theatrical run with $78.3 million worldwide, including a $33.6 million domestic total and $44.7 million in other territories. According to Deadline.com the budget was more than the $130 million the studio claimed, and was $154 million even after $28.1 million in tax rebates. The film is considered a box office bomb.
R.I.P.D. received generally negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 13% based on 100 reviews with an average rating of 3.61/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "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 dim-witted and formulaic to satisfy." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 25 out of 100 based on 27 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.
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, writing:
|“||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.||”|
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.
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one of the summer’s biggest losers critically and financially.
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