‘RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned’ review – A new introduction is a failed resurrection

when asked about RIPDJeff Bridges said he was “a little disappointed” after finally seeing the 2013 film. “The studio made some choices that I wouldn’t have made,” he added. Bridges’ colorful performance was praised, but that was as much positivity as critics could muster about this comic book adaptation misstep. Adding insult to injury was the box office report. Robert Schwentke’s comedy-drama cost Universal $130 million and failed to break even. Despite the failures of the first film, Universal went ahead with a release sequel. Nine years later. It’s all the rage to dust, kick, and spruce up old IPs these days, but certainly no one was expecting a second Dark Horse comic book go-to, much less the first attempt.

As in the first movie, RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned Follows the otherworldly adventures of two officers of the Department of Rest in Peace. However, the most notable change here is the setup. As Bridges and Ryan Reynolds’ characters debate the escaped souls of modern Boston, Jeffrey Donovan (bastards) And the Penelope Mitchell (Hellboy) chasing Didos in the Wild West circa 1876.

Rise of the Damned It was designed to be both a prequel and a reboot. It also features the origin story of the previous film’s most famous character, Roycephus “Roy” Pulsipher. Although this time, his character is played with half gravity. Donovan has a vaguely similar accent, but he downplays the distinctive attitude and energy that made Bridges’ portrayal so notable. Reynolds’ character is clearly nowhere to be found, but his niche is French warrior and swordsman Gene (Mitchell). Or as Roy sometimes calls her: “Joan” or “Jane”.

After being killed in a shootout days before his daughter’s wedding, Roy joins the rest in the Peace Division. Instead of just avenging his death, Roy and Jane seek to prevent the deaths of many others. The pair are sent to Red Creek, Utah after their bosses discover an “infernal dump” (incidentally, one of the movie’s many horrific jokes is uttered during this show). Someone dug the depths of the mines a little, and now a portal to Hell is opening. The title of this infernal jailbreak is Richard Brake (barbaric), who delivers a solid performance as archvillain Otis Clairborne.

It seemed likely that Universal wanted RIPD to be next Ghostbusters or men in black, however, it didn’t quite nail the mix of comedy and action that makes those films charming, timeless, and most importantly, fun. However, the attempt at humor RIPD 2 Much less convincing and often embarrassing. The jokes are painfully awkward and unfunny. The prequel’s idea of ​​what’s funny is that Roy Donovan repeats the same tired gag to pass the time; He shoots Jake ChoiAn undead character recurs whenever he acts or speaks. Or they had Roy say things like, “My best friend is Black.” Roy also lands in an outhouse when he is sent to Earth after his death. Paul Leiden And the Andrew ClineThe script is full of that kind of old and groovy humor.

A moment or two of choice might have helped lessen the blow, or at least keep you awake. But the clearly restricted budget remains RIPD 2 in the dirt. The visuals are disorganized and flat, and the lighting choices make this movie even more unappealing than it already was. Don’t expect any wide shots; It’s all unflattering close-ups and clumsily polished compositions. That kind of production value doesn’t even work for TV these days.

Anyone familiar with the history of Universal 1440 Entertainment knows exactly what they’ll encounter when watching one of its reckless sequels. As for my fans RIPD Comics, they’ll have to wait for a proper adaptation. Maybe a TV series would do better at this point. if Rise of the Damned Does anything right, even though it makes the 2013 movie look better by comparison.

RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned Available on DVD/Blu-ray as well as for digital rental and purchase starting November 15th.

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