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Apr 18 2013 11:05am

R.I.P.D. Trailer Looks Like An Undead Men In Black

R.I.P.D. trailer Jeff Bridges accent Ryan Reynolds Mary Louise Parker Red Kevin Bacon Men in Black True Grit

The first trailer for supernatural cop movie R.I.P.D. has dropped, and you have the right to pass judgment on this unexpected blend of Men in Black and Left 4 Dead. Ryan Reynolds is his usual straight guy yanked along with the crazy plan and snarking about it every step of the way. Jeff Bridges has basically resurrected his True Grit character Rooster Cogburn. Cheesy or brilliant? Your call.

R.I.P.D. trailer Jeff Bridges accent Ryan Reynolds Mary Louise Parker Red Kevin Bacon Men in Black True Grit

R.I.P.D. trailer Jeff Bridges accent Ryan Reynolds Mary Louise Parker Red Kevin Bacon Men in Black True Grit

R.I.P.D. trailer Jeff Bridges accent Ryan Reynolds Mary Louise Parker Red Kevin Bacon Men in Black True Grit

R.I.P.D. trailer Jeff Bridges accent Ryan Reynolds Mary Louise Parker Red Kevin Bacon Men in Black True Grit

R.I.P.D. trailer Jeff Bridges accent Ryan Reynolds Mary Louise Parker Red Kevin Bacon Men in Black True Grit

The visuals are really fun, always a good thing when you’re looking at a comic book adaptation. Director Robert Schwentke brings a lot of the absurdity from his movie Red to the story of Nick Walker (Reynolds), a slain cop who gets recruited into the Rest In Peace Department. He may be dead, but there are other undead baddies who aren’t going as gently into that good night. Kevin Bacon plays the villain, though sadly we don’t glimpse any of him in this first trailer.

There’s literally a scene where the doors to the R.I.P.D. open and it’s like we’ve time traveled back to 1997, to that great scene in Men in Black when Agent Jay discovers the entire bureaucratic operation pulsing underneath New York City. Except that this all takes place above the city, and Tommy Lee Jones isn’t the one showing our rookie the ropes.

That job goes to Roy Pulsipher (Bridges), a cowboy incarnate who’s prone to snapping off one-liners with his bullets and riding his new partner like a mechanical bull through a fifty-story drop. Yeah, he’s crazy. But this dynamic could just work. For some reason my mind keeps flipping over to Cowboys & Aliens and what a disappointment that was. But that was because the movie didn’t deliver on what was expected. Here, R.I.P.D. lays out exactly what it will beand it could be a hell of a lot of fun.

R.I.P.D. comes to theaters July 19, 2013.


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8 comments
Chris Nelly
1. Aeryl
Yeah, I like that Bridges is spoofing his own acting in this. I love it when actors have a sense of humor about this stuff.

Knowing it's from the same director that did Red, makes me happy as well.
pabkins
2. pabkins
I for one and seriously looking forward to it!
pabkins
3. fr. Shane Tharp
You left out a whiff of Beetlejuice as well. It's the undead cop flick I'd expect from Edgar Wright. P.S. how excellent would a feature length version of "Don't" be?
pabkins
4. Tesh
It looks like big, crazy fun. I'm not sold on the "you look like someone else" bit, though. It seems like a dumb joke that went on for too long.
Chris Nelly
5. Aeryl
@4, I can understand the "why" to keep them from trying to return to their previous lives. Will the visual joke work onscreen? I don't know. It looks like it's gonna play on the whole "women gettin hit on is funny, cuz DUDE(heh I made a pun)" which can get old, speaking as a woman who gets hit on.
Bruce Arthurs
6. Bruce-Arthurs
I hadn't heard of this until now. From the title I expected a Rhode Island setting, with possible Lovecraft connections.
pabkins
7. KaosNoKamisama
Hm... they probably lifted the whole "you now look like someone else" thing from Dead like me, but there it had the extra dimension of the emotional levels of the characters.
pabkins
8. TomT
I hadn't heard about this film. Now it is on my to see list. Wow that looks like it has the potential to be crazy fun. It might not be but it looks like it very well could be. The fact that they appear to be spoofing ads to the promise that it could be good.

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