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‘R.I.P.D.’ a tired shallow retread on DVD

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R.I.P.D.

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Unbeknownst to the general population, dead people who failed to cross over cling to the earth and walk among us. Though they may appear normal and harmless, they are actually quite detrimental to our living world and if their numbers grow unchecked they will push us past the point of sustainability. Fortunately, the Rest in Peace Department sends afterlife police officers back to Earth to capture these “deados.” Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds play an old veteran and a first assignment rookie with the Boston division in the new DVD release “R.I.P.D.”

As former 1800’s lawman Roy Pulsipher, Bridges is the highlight of the movie. He plays your standard cantankerous loner with a tight-lipped rustic vocalization and the personal flair that he always brings to a role. He even squeezes in a snatch of song. Yet amusing as he is, he’s not quite enough to recommend the movie. Reynolds does serviceable work and Mary-Louise Parker (reteamed with "Red" director Robert Schwentke and less to work with this time) brings an authoritative perky cuteness to give the movie a lift as their boss, but they are all stuck in a shallow “Men in Black” retread.

There are a couple of cool special effects moments but overall they have the tired and uninteresting CGI mass destruction look from movies like “2012” and “Pacific Rim.” The action scenes are standard stuff and while there are some laughs, including a few chuckles from Bridges and Reynolds appearing on Earth as a sexy woman and an old Chinese man, there aren’t enough to call it a comedy. It boils down to a sub-standard world domination plot with an all too obvious villain that offers no surprises and little interest.

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