It's almost as if everyone involved was TRYING to make R.I.P.D. as bad as it possibly could be. I mean, clearly nobody cared at all about the final product if this is what we got. It has all the trappings of a lazy, bloated, cookie cutter studio film, as if some exec thought, "Hey, that's a clever title!" and forced it in to existence.
R.I.P.D. is comprised of a bunch of half-assed ideas and even worse execution. Normally, I don't like to compare films or accuse someone of ripping someone else off (especially since this was based on a comic property), but this film is a pretty blatant carbon copy of MEN IN BLACK. The story, the characters, the look, the tone, the sets—everything feels like a pale comparison to Barry Sonnenfeld's 1997 comic adaptation, except with ghost demons instead of aliens.
But just because the concept isn't original doesn't mean they couldn't make a decent flick out of it. Unfortunately, there's not an original molecule in this movie's ectoplasm. Each action beat, plot point and dialogue exchange has a tired "been there, done that" quality to it that just makes the entire movie seem like a waste of money. I like both Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as actors but this is clearly a paycheck role for both of them and their forced chemistry is painful as a result. (Bridges' accent is also pretty bad to begin with.) Kevin Bacon attempts to ham it up as the bad guy (he and Reynolds actually have a better rapport in the two minutes they're partners), but he's also forgettable in the end. And I draw the line at CGI Kevin Bacon monologuing in a bad accent as he's trying to bring about the apocalypse.
Any chances the production had to make R.I.P.D. unique or stand out are wasted. The demon creatures have boring designs and their cartoony effects seems rushed and ill fitting of the world of the movie. There are the occasional quirks or unbelievable moments that almost make this enjoyably bad—such as Bridges fetish for women's ankles, the plot's random dependence on Indian food, or any time Bridges rides Ryan Reynolds like a horse—but in the end the negatives far outweigh the good.
Alternate Openings (10:06): Both new openings start off with Jeff Bridges instead of Ryan Reynolds and are actually a lot better than what they ended up with.
Deleted/Alternate Scenes (7:15): You get one deleted and three longer takes, none of which are worth your time.
Transferring R.I.P.D. (8:17): Learn about the original graphic novel by Peter Lenkov and how the film version is different.
Filming the Other Side (6:30): A spotlight on the movie's visual effects during the major action scenes.
Walking Among Us (7:25): This featurette shows you at both the "avatars" the RIPD use (one of whom is the awesome James Hong), as well as the "deados" that they hunt.
Anatomy of a Shootout (8:00): Learn about the technical challenges in filming the film's final showdown.
Bringing the Avatars to Life (6:08): Some animated storyboards show what certain action scenes would look like just starring Reynolds and Bridges' avatars.
Nick's New Avatars (1:01): A brief collection of some of the team's alternate avatars. James Hong was the right choice.
Gag Reel (3:50): Jeff Bridges looks like he's having a lot of fun here. Wish I could say the same.
Everything about R.I.P.D. feels lazy and unoriginal, from the acting to the concept to the action. So, there's truly no point in watching it unless you're looking for generic, mindless entertainment.
Extra Tidbit: This is Ryan Reynold's fourth comic book movie after BLADE: TRINITY, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and GREEN LANTERN. Hopefully he gets to make a good one some day.