R.I.P.D (2013)

posterDirector: Robert Schwentke

Writer: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi (Screenplay) David Dobkin, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi (Story) Peter M. Lenkov (Comic)

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak

 

Story: Nick (Reynolds) a married cop has just taken part in his first piece of corrupt cop by taken some gold along with his partner Hayes (Bacon), but when Nick starts getting second thoughts about what he has done things take an unexpected twist. When on a raid Hayes kills Nick sending him to the RIPD (Rest in Peace Department). Nick now has to work to protect Earth from Deados alongside on old western gunslinger Roy (Bridges). Now the unlikely partnership of reluctant heroes have come across something which can change the world forever, can they stop it happening before it is too late?

 

Verdict:

 

Action: Full of action with most using a lot of CGI but one very good scene with a tumbling car park (7/10)

Comedy: Starts good comedy but turns serious more good to lighten the mood of the film (7/10)

Special Effects: A lot of CGI effects to create different Deados showing how they died in the first place (7/10)

Suggestion: A bit of an alternative for Men in Black with a more horror based different world we are not meant to know about. It is good for a few laughs some steady action and well worth a watch, I would suggest to people who like simpler stories that don’t challenge the audience. (7/10)

 

Star Performance Jeff Bridges – has all the best lines

Favourite Character Roy – again saving the film from just being another wronged cop film

 

Best Part: Car chase with tumbling car park

Worst Part: could have either been funnier or scarier doesn’t choose which one it wants to be.

Trivia: This is Ryan Reynolds fourth comic film, Blade Trinity, Green Lantern and X-Men Origins Wolverine being his other all of which didn’t get the best reviews.

 

Similar Too: Men in Black, Constantine

 

Overall: Fairly enjoyable tries to throw a few twists and turns but all very predictable, judging that it came from a comic it could have been a lot darker but as I haven’t read the comic it might be how it was written first. It also tries to much to copy Men in Black with the new partnership of a younger guy who is more action rather than patience. In the end it is something to sit down relax and enjoy but it is unlikely you will go out and tell people to watch it.

Rating 72%

No One Lives (2012)

posterDirector: Ryuhei Kitamura

Writer: David Cohen (Screenplay)

Starring: Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Lee Tergesen, Derek Magyer, America Olivo, Beau Knapp, Lindsey Shaw, George Murdoch, Laura Ramsey

 

Story: When a happy couple Driver (Evans) and Betty (Ramsey) are travelling across America on a vacation, their holiday is thrown into turmoil. A gang of thieves led by Hoag (Tergesen) have had a job go wrong because of loose cannon Flynn (Magyar). Flynn sees an easy score to try and recover the lost loot but he picks off a fight he and the gang cannot handle. After stealing Driver’s car he makes a shocking discovery in the boot, Emma (Clemens) a missing heiress can the gang survive long enough to collect the reward or will Driver show his true colours.

 

Verdict:

 

Action: Good fight scenes but nothing more than it needed to be (9/10)

 

Horror: Strong horror follows all the rules with isolation and a group of people that have no limits. (9/10)

 

Thriller: Not knowing which one of the gang will be the next victim makes this a very good thriller (8/10)

 

Special Effects: Some strong bloody special effects (9/10)

 

Settings: Good setting for horror (8/10)

 

Suggestion: I would say all horror film fans will enjoy this full of most guilty pleasures a horror can offer (9/10)

 

Star Performance Luke Evans – Driver

 

Favourite Character Driver

 

Best Part: Ethan makes Driver mad with dire consequences for him.

 

Worst Part: Bit short but any longer could have taken away the energy throughout.

 

Overall: A very good horror that went pretty much under the radar should be given a chance as it shows everything you need in a memorable horror, Luke Evans shines as Driver a man with a nasty side which equals his appearances in Fast 6. Adelaide Clemens pulls of the not quite so innocent damsel in distress. It is good to see a film where not a single character comes off as an innocent but a group who all have goodness in them. My question to you in can you handle No One Lives?

Rating 85%