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I am ridiculously excited about the Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges action/comedy “R.I.P.D.” I know the film is just a “Men in Black” clone with monsters instead of aliens, but it looks like an insane amount of fun. The verdict is still out on whether or not the flick will be worth my time and money — I’m getting a strange “Van Helsing” vibe from the bedded trailer — but chances are I’ll be there on opening day to check everything out. A sucker and his money, you know.
Need some info about the plot? Read this synopsis:
Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Bridges) has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth.
Once the wise-cracking Roy is assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker (Reynolds) as his junior officer, the new partners have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, two of R.I.P.D.’s finest must miraculously restore the cosmic balance … or watch the tunnel to the afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.
In addition to Bridges and Reynolds, the flick stars Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Robert Knepper, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Mike O’Malley, and Devin Ratray. Look for Universal Pictures to drop director Robert Schwentke’s “R.I.P.D.” in theaters on July 19. I’m starting to wonder if this one is going to get lost in the summer shuffle.