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The first trailer for R.I.P.D. looks like Men in Black meets Hellboy

Apr. 17, 2013by: Alex Maidy

The trailer for R.I.P.D. has finally appeared online, albeit through an unofficial channel. The video confirmed my fears that the movie was going to be a very mainstream/PG-13 take on the source material. But, it is still better than I was expecting. With charismatic performances from Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, R.I.P.D. may just be a fun summer diversion.

Here's the handy plot synopsis (for the comic):

Nick is dead -- at least, that's how he remembers it -- and teams up with another deceased detective, a gunslinger from the Old West (played by Jeff Bridges), to work for the elite task force, the Rest In Peace Department (hence the title), to track down the dead on Earth. (Due to overpopulation, some unsettled spirits haven't gone where they're supposed to, and are hiding out). Technically, R.I.P.D. officers (who are overseen by Mary-Louise Parker) aren't allowed to kill anyone living, and aren't supposed to interact with anyone from their previous lives, but Nick is haunted by the fact that he was murdered by another cop (played by Kevin Bacon), and can't let it go.

When I watched the trailer, the first movies that popped into my head were HELLBOY and MEN IN BLACK. The movie definitely takes a lighthearted look at death, much like HELLBOY, but the overall look and design reminds me of MEN IN BLACK. I like the look of this movie, but part of me wishes it had better visual effects. The CGI here looks incredibly cheesy which is definitely a drawback when dealing with this material. I wish they had gone for practical effects for the monsters. But, director Robert Schwentke (RED) is not exactly a top tier filmmaker, so he would have to make due with a limited budget. Hopefully this movie delivers on the fun the trailer promises and doesn't end up being a total trainwreck.

Check out the trailer and judge for yourself.

R.I.P.D. stars Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, James Hong, Mary-Louise Parker, Robert Knepper, and Kevin Bacon. It opens in 3D on July 19, 2013.

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10:13PM on 04/18/2013
Never read the comic so perhaps I'm just not on the up-and-up with this, but why they need to look like other people? I mean, aren't they ghosts chasing other ghosts? ... or something? And why do the bad guy ghosts have extra eyes? It's very confusing.

Also yes, this does look like a complete re-hash of MIB.
Never read the comic so perhaps I'm just not on the up-and-up with this, but why they need to look like other people? I mean, aren't they ghosts chasing other ghosts? ... or something? And why do the bad guy ghosts have extra eyes? It's very confusing.

Also yes, this does look like a complete re-hash of MIB.
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6:23PM on 04/18/2013

It will be fun, but not without faults

Yeah this movie looks like another Men in Black movie....what would make it better visually...is if the "un-dead" looked like real zombies, not alien-cartoonish un-dead creatures. I agree, Jeff Bridges accent is a bit annoying and yes Ryan Reynolds is definitely playing" Ryan Reynolds "again.
Yeah this movie looks like another Men in Black movie....what would make it better visually...is if the "un-dead" looked like real zombies, not alien-cartoonish un-dead creatures. I agree, Jeff Bridges accent is a bit annoying and yes Ryan Reynolds is definitely playing" Ryan Reynolds "again.
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5:38PM on 04/18/2013
No.
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12:43PM on 04/18/2013

wow, alot of hate

I go to school to learn the ins & outs of the film industry, maybe one day I'll get to direct if I'm lucky, but one thing I do believe is sometimes, you need movies like this, it may not be th smartest film coming out, but iI think we as people should just relax our brains and enjoy some mindless fun. As of now, it looks fun, just have to wait and see. I sound high huh?
I go to school to learn the ins & outs of the film industry, maybe one day I'll get to direct if I'm lucky, but one thing I do believe is sometimes, you need movies like this, it may not be th smartest film coming out, but iI think we as people should just relax our brains and enjoy some mindless fun. As of now, it looks fun, just have to wait and see. I sound high huh?
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12:06PM on 04/18/2013

No no no

This looks horrible and Jeff Bridges looks annoying. Ryan Reynolds playing Ryan Reynolds in another movie starring Ryan Reynolds. Same formula.
This looks horrible and Jeff Bridges looks annoying. Ryan Reynolds playing Ryan Reynolds in another movie starring Ryan Reynolds. Same formula.
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12:04PM on 04/18/2013

Pretend that this is a sequel to True Grit

Seriously.
Seriously.
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11:59AM on 04/18/2013

Probably a rental, but

still looks like a fun time. I'm not too too picky and think Bridges and Reynolds will have decent chemistry.
still looks like a fun time. I'm not too too picky and think Bridges and Reynolds will have decent chemistry.
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11:44AM on 04/18/2013
The expression is "make do". "Make due" is something you'd say if you've heard the expression out loud but you don't read much and have thus never seen it in print. And that trailer wasn't "like" Men In Black, it was a shot-by-shot reshoot of the Men In Black trailer. They should have just called it a Men In Black reboot and be done with it.
The expression is "make do". "Make due" is something you'd say if you've heard the expression out loud but you don't read much and have thus never seen it in print. And that trailer wasn't "like" Men In Black, it was a shot-by-shot reshoot of the Men In Black trailer. They should have just called it a Men In Black reboot and be done with it.
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11:42AM on 04/18/2013

Reynolds

I love Reynolds, but can somebody SERIOUSLY give him a break and get him in a worthwhile movie already?

I understand why he did GREEN LANTERN (Chance to be a DC franchise character from the director of CASINO ROYALE! Who would pass that up? Not his fault the people around him didn't make a great movie). SAFE HOUSE was a coveted role he beat a lot of actors for, but the film was ultimately a rather unimpressive Tony Scott knock-off. There was the mega success in THE PROPOSAL and the decent
I love Reynolds, but can somebody SERIOUSLY give him a break and get him in a worthwhile movie already?

I understand why he did GREEN LANTERN (Chance to be a DC franchise character from the director of CASINO ROYALE! Who would pass that up? Not his fault the people around him didn't make a great movie). SAFE HOUSE was a coveted role he beat a lot of actors for, but the film was ultimately a rather unimpressive Tony Scott knock-off. There was the mega success in THE PROPOSAL and the decent success of THE CHANGE-UP. But come on, I wanna see this guy fucking explode like he deserves to! It's time he joins up with another great director for a big project. Re-team with Joe Carnahan or something, man!
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11:11AM on 04/18/2013

Hmmmm.....

I was hoping for Frighteners-style ghosts and effects :/
I was hoping for Frighteners-style ghosts and effects :/
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11:03AM on 04/18/2013

Does not look to great...

This looks more like MIB meets the crap CGI from Green Lantern.
This looks more like MIB meets the crap CGI from Green Lantern.
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10:04AM on 04/18/2013

bitchbitchbitch

Is that all fandom has come too? Waaahwaahh CGI waahwaaahh accents! Jeez, it feels like people are just looking for reasons to hate on a movie these days.
Is that all fandom has come too? Waaahwaahh CGI waahwaaahh accents! Jeez, it feels like people are just looking for reasons to hate on a movie these days.
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7:27PM on 04/18/2013
And then there's fools like you who love garbage CGI, let me guess, you think SyFy movies look amazing right? Sorry but they could've done better with the CGI, I mean come on. And your post doesn't make much sense when a lot of people are digging the Man of Steel and Pacific Rim trailers, there's the difference, people will praise good looking movies and hate on poor looking ones.
And then there's fools like you who love garbage CGI, let me guess, you think SyFy movies look amazing right? Sorry but they could've done better with the CGI, I mean come on. And your post doesn't make much sense when a lot of people are digging the Man of Steel and Pacific Rim trailers, there's the difference, people will praise good looking movies and hate on poor looking ones.
9:19AM on 04/18/2013
Jeff Bridges is a king among actors but that is one hell of a bad and annoying Southern accent he's doing.

This could go either way, but I'm definitely gonna give it a chance.
Jeff Bridges is a king among actors but that is one hell of a bad and annoying Southern accent he's doing.

This could go either way, but I'm definitely gonna give it a chance.
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6:18AM on 04/18/2013
It's good for me that outside of Power Rangers...I don't really know what bad CGI/special effects are....coz I'd hate to diss things...that look like a lot of fun.
It's good for me that outside of Power Rangers...I don't really know what bad CGI/special effects are....coz I'd hate to diss things...that look like a lot of fun.
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2:44AM on 04/18/2013

Liking what I saw!

I'm not familiar with the comic, but the first half of the trailer had a pretty interesting story. That's brilliant.. a police department in the afterlife... that's really interesting!

Didn't really like all the ridiculous and weird villains they were tracking down (I guess that's where the Men In Black reference of the article comes into play?), and I have a really bad feeling about that sequence shown in the trailer with the bad guys overrunning the city. That sounds like it oozes of
I'm not familiar with the comic, but the first half of the trailer had a pretty interesting story. That's brilliant.. a police department in the afterlife... that's really interesting!

Didn't really like all the ridiculous and weird villains they were tracking down (I guess that's where the Men In Black reference of the article comes into play?), and I have a really bad feeling about that sequence shown in the trailer with the bad guys overrunning the city. That sounds like it oozes of cliche and came off as really silly, and not threatening in this trailer. Also, the trailer was almost 3 minutes long! ...

But my positive thoughts outweigh the negative ones. I'll be cautious about this one, but it looks a bit more fun and entertaining than I thought after looking at the poster that first time. :)
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2:29AM on 04/18/2013
It looks exactly like how I thought it would be. It sounded like it would be awful and now that it's been made, it looks awful. It might be a good comic but it doesn't translate well to the big screen. This should never have been made. But these days they'll turn any graphic novel or comic into a movie. Up next... Ant Man or Guardians of the Galaxy?... oh Jesus.
It looks exactly like how I thought it would be. It sounded like it would be awful and now that it's been made, it looks awful. It might be a good comic but it doesn't translate well to the big screen. This should never have been made. But these days they'll turn any graphic novel or comic into a movie. Up next... Ant Man or Guardians of the Galaxy?... oh Jesus.
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2:22AM on 04/18/2013
This could go one of two ways. Either

A) MIB like and be totally watchable if not entirely amazing. Couple of charismatic performances in an otherwise enjoyable movie.

B) MIB 2 like, and be a couple of charismatic performances in an otherwise daft nonsensical chore of CGI and bland predictability.

Here' hoping it's the first. I do like me some Bridges.
This could go one of two ways. Either

A) MIB like and be totally watchable if not entirely amazing. Couple of charismatic performances in an otherwise enjoyable movie.

B) MIB 2 like, and be a couple of charismatic performances in an otherwise daft nonsensical chore of CGI and bland predictability.

Here' hoping it's the first. I do like me some Bridges.
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2:12AM on 04/18/2013
Holy fuck that CGI looks weak.
Holy fuck that CGI looks weak.
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1:13AM on 04/18/2013
I absolutley loved RED, and Jeff Bridges is always cool, but this definitely gives off a "Dylan Dog" feel as much as it does a "Men in Black" one.
I absolutley loved RED, and Jeff Bridges is always cool, but this definitely gives off a "Dylan Dog" feel as much as it does a "Men in Black" one.
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1:00AM on 04/18/2013

come on...

I'm tired of people complaining about everything that comes out. This looks pretty cool, and if you don't like it, don't fucking watch it. You whiney little butches. All you do is complain, and you have no real bearing on the outcome of the movie.
I'm tired of people complaining about everything that comes out. This looks pretty cool, and if you don't like it, don't fucking watch it. You whiney little butches. All you do is complain, and you have no real bearing on the outcome of the movie.
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7:29PM on 04/18/2013
And neither do you...do you seriously think this movie is going to do huge business?
And neither do you...do you seriously think this movie is going to do huge business?
12:07AM on 04/18/2013
Jeff Bridges could save this movie.
Jeff Bridges could save this movie.
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11:53PM on 04/17/2013

Meh

this looks kind of weak. i was expecting something a whole lot different then this.
this looks kind of weak. i was expecting something a whole lot different then this.
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11:35PM on 04/17/2013
I thought the trailer was pretty good and it looks like alot of fun with some funny laughs. Reynolds and Bridges seem to have good chemistry and they look like they are having a blast.
I thought the trailer was pretty good and it looks like alot of fun with some funny laughs. Reynolds and Bridges seem to have good chemistry and they look like they are having a blast.
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7:29PM on 04/18/2013
And once again you're here ready to open your mouth for Reynold's dong...
And once again you're here ready to open your mouth for Reynold's dong...
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10:48PM on 04/17/2013

Looks ...okay.

This seems like one of those ideas stretched to be suitable for kids - just like how Men in Black was highly marketable to all audiences. Money talks.
This seems like one of those ideas stretched to be suitable for kids - just like how Men in Black was highly marketable to all audiences. Money talks.
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10:16PM on 04/17/2013
The CGI looks awful and I know I'll skip it, but some people like this stuff.
The CGI looks awful and I know I'll skip it, but some people like this stuff.
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9:58PM on 04/17/2013
Not going to make excuses. That looks awful.
Not going to make excuses. That looks awful.
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9:49PM on 04/17/2013
Where's the Bacon?
Where's the Bacon?
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9:43PM on 04/17/2013
Wow. That's some of the worst cgi I've seen in a modern movie.
Wow. That's some of the worst cgi I've seen in a modern movie.
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9:43PM on 04/17/2013

bridges is the bomb but...

even loved Red by Schwenke but not that impresseed by this trailer, i guess its netflicks for this one.
even loved Red by Schwenke but not that impresseed by this trailer, i guess its netflicks for this one.
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9:24PM on 04/17/2013
Looks exactly like MIB. Hey, the first one was pretty good...
Looks exactly like MIB. Hey, the first one was pretty good...
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9:12PM on 04/17/2013
when i first read the movie synopsis, i immediately thought "MiB". guess i wasn't far off at all... NOT AT ALL.
when i first read the movie synopsis, i immediately thought "MiB". guess i wasn't far off at all... NOT AT ALL.
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9:04PM on 04/17/2013
OMG! and this is the movie that opens between Pacific Rim and The Wolverine... lol really Universal? the white people version of MIB? Looks awful!
OMG! and this is the movie that opens between Pacific Rim and The Wolverine... lol really Universal? the white people version of MIB? Looks awful!
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10:35PM on 04/17/2013
White people version?
White people version?
10:43AM on 04/18/2013
lol well looks like ASYLUM's version of MIB...
everything looks like MIB there! even Mary Louise Parker looks as an agent in MIB. The weapons, the actions, the cgi, the monsters, everything.
lol well looks like ASYLUM's version of MIB...
everything looks like MIB there! even Mary Louise Parker looks as an agent in MIB. The weapons, the actions, the cgi, the monsters, everything.
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9:03PM on 04/17/2013
Looks boring as fuck, and the CGI is laughable.
Looks boring as fuck, and the CGI is laughable.
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8:43PM on 04/17/2013
Seriously, use another video source....
Seriously, use another video source....
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8:42PM on 04/17/2013

I loved the comic but...

ok this video has resolution issues (IE: since they made it so goddamn big, loading the goddamn video took FOREVER and kept stopping about ever 5 seconds or so... after it loaded it will play fine I think.. currently it's stopped dead at about the 1/2 way point.
ok this video has resolution issues (IE: since they made it so goddamn big, loading the goddamn video took FOREVER and kept stopping about ever 5 seconds or so... after it loaded it will play fine I think.. currently it's stopped dead at about the 1/2 way point.
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9:12PM on 04/17/2013
it'll be alright. just do what i did.

1. hit play
2. immediately hit pause and let the video load
3. while that's going, open a new tab and go to youtube
4. watch the man of steel trailer a couple of times
5. return and watch the RIPD trailer*

*you'll probably be underwhelmed.
it'll be alright. just do what i did.

1. hit play
2. immediately hit pause and let the video load
3. while that's going, open a new tab and go to youtube
4. watch the man of steel trailer a couple of times
5. return and watch the RIPD trailer*

*you'll probably be underwhelmed.
8:33PM on 04/17/2013

I dont hate it

its not gonna set the box office on fire, but it def looks like it could be a fun movie
its not gonna set the box office on fire, but it def looks like it could be a fun movie
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8:26PM on 04/17/2013

wow

this looks....interesting
this looks....interesting
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7:58PM on 04/17/2013
Looks fun enough, emphasis on enough
Looks fun enough, emphasis on enough
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7:20PM on 04/17/2013

Looks fun

Bridges is the man
Bridges is the man
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6:53PM on 04/17/2013
Definitely a very MIB vibe. And I do agree that the CGI monsters look pretty shitty... But overall it looks like it COULD be good. I really like Bridges & Reynolds still so I'd be willing to give it a chance. But damn do I hope Reynolds starts picking some better projects soon. He's really having some shit luck.
Definitely a very MIB vibe. And I do agree that the CGI monsters look pretty shitty... But overall it looks like it COULD be good. I really like Bridges & Reynolds still so I'd be willing to give it a chance. But damn do I hope Reynolds starts picking some better projects soon. He's really having some shit luck.
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6:47PM on 04/17/2013
Looks like fun and that's all I was expecting.
Looks like fun and that's all I was expecting.
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6:45PM on 04/17/2013
It does really remind me of Men in Black, and I loved that movie. The team of Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges is more enticing than Smith and Jones too. This looks like a fun popcorn film.
It does really remind me of Men in Black, and I loved that movie. The team of Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges is more enticing than Smith and Jones too. This looks like a fun popcorn film.
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6:26PM on 04/17/2013
Damn, trailer freezes at 1.15 for me no matter what internet I use. Looks ok, could be fun.
Damn, trailer freezes at 1.15 for me no matter what internet I use. Looks ok, could be fun.
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6:18PM on 04/17/2013
Looks like dumb fun to me. At least it can't be any worse than that shit-storm called "Oblivion" .
Looks like dumb fun to me. At least it can't be any worse than that shit-storm called "Oblivion" .
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6:15PM on 04/17/2013
for the longest time i've referred to this movie as the "NOT-DEADPOOL-MOVIE"

and not after seeing the trailer... i'm still calling it that.

I'll pass on seeing this one. Maybe i'll rent it if the reviews are somehow decent
for the longest time i've referred to this movie as the "NOT-DEADPOOL-MOVIE"

and not after seeing the trailer... i'm still calling it that.

I'll pass on seeing this one. Maybe i'll rent it if the reviews are somehow decent
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6:03PM on 04/17/2013

Well...

This looks like a new low for Ryan Reynolds. I sure hope Bridges at least got a good sized paycheck out of this.
This looks like a new low for Ryan Reynolds. I sure hope Bridges at least got a good sized paycheck out of this.
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