On paper, RIPD had a ton of potential, and could have easily kicked off a multi-movie series if the first installment hadn’t been a complete dud. A gunman from the Wild West is forced to team up with a freshly deceased cop from the titular Department of Rest in the Peace to thwart a villainous plot that could spell the end of the world, which sounds like a lot of fun.
There are elements of action, sci-fi, and friend movies, not to mention the fact that this was a comic book adaptation, so it also fit Bill as part of the Hollywood favorite genre. However, despite the best efforts of executives Jeff Bridges and Ryan reynolds, the former in particular clearly having a bullet chewing the landscape, everything around them leaves RIPD down.
Robert Schwentke’s direction is flat and professional, and the script is about as solid as you’d expect from the duo behind Jackie Chan’s family comedy. The suit and Charlize Theron is horrible Aeon stream, while the effects are often unconvincing, and everything turns into a standard beam of blue sky by the time Act three unfolds.
RIPD went down the history books as one of the biggest box office bombs of the 21st century after making less than $ 80 million on a $ 130 million budget, with promotion and marketing fees pushing the total expenditure to $ 175 million. Critics and viewers weren’t impressed either and he holds a 13% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with audiences rating him at a much higher 38% but still not great.
however, RIPD Certainly has its fans, which has been proven by the fact that it’s been comfortably tucked away on Netflix’s Top 10 list all week now.