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Dead End

You can generally trust Schwentke (Red,Flight Plan) to give you a nice mix of action and storytelling

Written by Shalini Langer | Published: August 3, 2013 12:02:25 am

Movie: R.I.P.D

Director: Robert Schwentke

Cast: Ryan Reynolds,Jeff Bridges,

Kevin Bacon

*1/2

You can generally trust Schwentke (Red,Flight Plan) to give you a nice mix of action and storytelling. However,the scope of that gets very limited if the material he has involves good dead cops (really) being recruited by some sort of heaven (really) to bring in bad dead guys hiding out on earth called deados (really) using Indian food (truthfully).

Throw in Bacon into that mix and you know which side of deadness he stands. Throw in Reynolds (former ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ and Scarlett Johansson’s ex) and you understand why he can’t be killed that early or easily. Throw in Bridges and you only wonder why. The actor of some repute,but also one with a serious problem of being unintelligible,is a monster-hunter with a cowboy hangover,and it’s not just that you resent having to sweat following R.I.P.D (standing for Rest in Peace Department,just in case that wasn’t clear),it’s that Bridges leaves us little choice.

Chasing those deados back on earth,Reynolds appears as an “old Chinese guy” (actually,James Hong in a thankless role) and Bridges as a tall,sexy woman with deep cleavage,high heels and a hand on her hip. She gets to say a few words and then you are almost thankful that Bridges takes over.

As for the Indian food,it apparently does something to the deados,making them reveal their true form. Maybe,it’s the cumin,says Bridges’s Roy. Well,it definitely ain’t the spice.

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