I can’t be the only one who thought the concept for “R.I.P.D.” sounded sort of promising, and not just because it’s one of the few non-sequels this summer. Think of it as “Ghost” meets “Men in Black,” this tale of a recently-deceased cop recruited to the Rest in Peace Department and partnered with a gunslinging Wild West lawman. The mismatched pair is tasked with capturing rotting spirits who roam the earth, but the rookie is more interested in avenging his murder and communicating with his beloved wife.
You can skip the “I told you so.” I admit it: I was wrong. The comic book-based “R.I.P.D.” is a dud that squanders a decent cast and succeeds neither as the comedy nor the action film it purports to be.
Ryan Reynolds plays Nick, the newbie, and Jeff Bridges takes the role of his partner, Roy. They meet when Nick is sucked into a CGI vortex just after his evil partner, Bobby (Kevin Bacon, playing the caricature of a villain), offs him. Up until this point — meaning the first few minutes of the movie — Reynolds does what he does best, which is toss off sardonic one-liners.