“Rest in Peace Department” is published by Dark Horse Entertainment, whose motion and television production arm produced other movies like HellBoy, The Mask and Sin City amongst others. This may sound impressive, but Hollywood reviewers have slated this action comedy movie, based on a comic book.
I am a bit nervous to write that I liked this movie.
Nick Walker, played by Ryan Reynolds, is a Boston detective suffering from a guilty conscience after stealing a chest of gold, found during a drug bust with his partner Bobby Hayes (Kevin Bacon). Nick gets killed while participating in a big raid on a warehouse. While Nick’s soul travels towards Heaven to face judgement, he gets pulled into the office of Mildred Proctor, played by Mary Louise Parker ( From Weeds). She is the director of the Boston division of the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D) and recruits deceased police officers to arrest spirits that failed to cross over and return to Earth as monstrous ghosts called “Deados.”
Thereafter, it follows the typical Hollywood police action movie structure, where the new recruits need to quickly learn the ropes from the reluctant partner, Roy Pulsipher played by Jeff Bridge, an ex-US Marshall from the 1800s, who likes working alone. Yes, it sounds like Men In Black.
I enjoyed the performance of Jeff Bridges, with his hard to understand 1800’s cowboy mumbling accent and wit that helps to make this movie fun enough to watch to the end.
If you feel like watching a movie with no real deeper meaning, or metaphors for the current state of humankind, and you are not expecting a cinematic work of art, redefining a genre, then this is the perfect movie to enjoy in 3D with your popcorn and cold drinks.
Release Date: 4 October 2013 (Incl. 3D)
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Robert Schwentke
Screenwriter: Matt Manfredi, Phil Hay
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, Stephanie Szostak, Mary-Louise Parker, Marisa Miller, Mike O’Malley, James Hong, Robert Knepper
Genre: Action, Supernatural Thriller