Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Miller, Mary-Louise Parker, Robert Knepper, Mike O'Malley
Release Date: June 28
We'd feel bad for Ryan Reynolds if not for his history of dating Scarlett Johansson and marriage to Blake Lively. Outside of his courtships with beautiful actresses, he's been on a bit of a cold streak. Once thought to be Hollywood's next big leading man, Reynolds had a rough 2011, headlining a pair of critically abused and largely audience-ignored summer releases, Green Lantern and The Change-Up. Last year, he achieved much more success with Safe House, but only a film industry ignoramus wouldn't credit that film's success to his bankable co-star, Denzel Washington.
In this summer's high-concept genre comedy R.I.P.D., however, could Reynolds have finally found that elusive franchise he's been seeking? Hell, how about just a blockbuster triumph? The film's Men in Black-esque construct certainly bodes well for it: Reynolds and Jeff Bridges play a couple of lawmen trying to take down the deviant who sent the former's character into the afterlife.
A plethora of CGI ghoulies, plenty of wisecracking one-liners, and swimsuit model Marisa Miller portraying Bridges' earthbound vessel should help R.I.P.D. be, at the very least, curiously entertaining. For Reynolds' sake, though, let's hope for more than just that.