You don't have to be Leonard Maltin to figure out that R.I.P.D. is an attempt to create another Men In Black-esque franchise, and you don't have to look any farther than the trailers to confirm it. Switch "aliens" with "ghosts", and you have the basic format down. But isn't that just typically Hollywood trend-following? Well, someone has gone to the trouble of creating a Men In Black/R.I.P.D. clip mashup to show just how deep the similarities go.
Yeah. And that's just the stuff we saw in the trailer. Some of the similarities can be chalked up to following general rules of cinema, sure, but there's a limit to that level of tolerance. So, here's the big question: does this mean that R.I.P.D. will be anywhere near as successful as Men in Black? You'll get the specifics on our fearless forecast later this week, but it's safe to say the answer is mostly no. Ryan Reynolds doesn't have the Box Office draw that Will Smith had, and there just isn't that much buzz for it. Audiences can tell when they're being given just the same thing under a different name.
You can check out our review of R.I.P.D. on Friday.