Directed By: Robert Schwentke
Screenplay By: Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi
Story By: David Dobkin, Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi
Based on Rest in Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker & Stephanie Szoztak
Fun movie to watch but it’s not stellar. Being partially biased to this movie considering I am from Boston myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges made a great team being a part of two separate generations of law enforcements. Jeff Bridges, as always, was both great an amazing being a western guy who is so incredibly full of himself. Then there is Ryan Reynolds who made him a great partner. These two were the two best guys for the part and the overall plot line was good, it was solid, there were no holes in the story and everything tied together in the end.
However, that all being said, it wasn’t anything new. This summer seems to be the summer of apocalyptic movies and compared to some of the movies that have already come out this summer, it wasn’t anything special. Yes this movie had a great cast and was fun to watch, but it’s nothing really special. Here you have Ryan Reynolds playing a somewhat dirty cop who was done in by his partner played by Kevin Bacon, who turns out to be dead the entire movie. The dead are trying to bring collect the pieces of an ancient artifact that can unleash the dead onto the world of the living; it’s made out of gold, the same gold that brought on Ryan Reynolds death. So after that incident, the rest of the movie becomes a bit predictable. Kevin Bacon is evil, something that is revealed instantly.
So Reynolds and Bridges are working hard to try and stop the end of the world. Cliché plotline executed very well.
The special effects were good, not amazing but well done for the movie. There was a lot of comic relief that had me laughing so much throughout the movie and the bittersweet heartache in the movie between Reynolds and Szoztak was the sweetest thing in the movie. Like I said before, some parts may have been cliché and predictable, but the fun energy in the movie and the great acting really overshadow all of that. ★★ (B)