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.
Spoilers hidden in bad CGI.
What if there was a heaven for cops? What if, when they died on duty, they would have to continue to be on duty for all eternity (or 100 years, whatever comes first)? Well, that’s R.I.P.D.
In very simple terms, it’s the story about a cop (Ryan Reynolds) who “stole” some golden pieces he and his partner (Kevin Bacon) found out, which he intends to sell and have a nice house with his girlfriend/wife. But his partner betrays him, he dies, goes to heaven and, because nobody can be good all the time, he has the option to work in the heaven police department, where all good cops who died on duty can still work or he can take his chances in the purgatory. And hey, he gets a new partner too (Jeff Bridges)!
First, the bad things: CGI is pretty crappy. When Reynolds’ character dies, it’s almost like one rubber body where dropped from some high place. And I don’t mean that “ballistic gelatin” they use on Mythbusters. When the bad spirits that don’t want to go to hell transform into their “real” forms, it also looks like rubber. I mean, if they went to make up instead of using CGI, the final effect would be better. And when (SPOILERS) Kevin Bacon turns into his real form, it is far from the hideousness of the other spirits. Why? Because Kevin Bacon, that’s why!
On the other hand, there are some really funny puns around, specially when Reynolds are Bridges appear as their avatars (well, they can’t appear as their old identities; after all, they are dead): Reynolds’ avatar is played by James Hong (an Asian, thin guy) and Bridges’ avatar is Marisa Miller (a blonde female model). Also, their guns can’t appear in the real world, so they appear as different things. So there is this scene of Reynolds is chasing one of the bad spirits, trying to shoot him and the movie changes from the vision of everyone else, showing Hong holding a banana pointing to a building.
No surprises on acting. Reynolds is still the guy that sounds a bit off and not totally in character, Bridges is the guy surfing the script, having the most great time by himself, as is Kevin Bacon.
But besides the fun avatar scenes, the movie is ridden with cliches and rubbery CGI. So I guess it’s a 5 out of 8 ghosts for it.