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April 19, 2011 > Movie Review: Scream 4

Movie Review: Scream 4

By Jennifer Gau

Who would have thought that director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson would find the opportunity to create another "Scream" thriller? Plus, they were able to pull it off with some new faces in addition to the same old trio. It stays true to the original slasher fest with people falling victim left and right to a merciless masked murderer.

Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) returns to her hometown, Woodsboro, to finish her self-help book tour. It has been ten years since the awful tragedies plagued the town caused by "Ghost face." However, with Sidney's presence in town, random murders begin happening again. Sidney comes back wary of fighting against the twisted minds of the masked killers. Her old friends Gail Weathers (Courtney Cox-Arquette) and Deputy Dwight "Dewey" Riley (David Arquette) are the only people she can trust. Ghost face comes back with new techniques and much bloodshed from start to finish.

The police force is helpless; no one can feel safe. They also bring unintended comedy to the movie, a result of an incredibly unrealistic plot. However, the acting is convincing enough to make the audience paranoid of every telephone ring and dark corner. There is no depth in the killings and people are dying for no reason other than to spread fear. Jill (Emma Roberts), Sidney's cousin, is one of the main targets since it appears Ghost face is targeting all those close to Sidney.

The writer and director intend to make you squirm in your seat while watching numerous innocent people make bad decisions leading them to doom. It's interesting that the same three actors have been starring in the "Scream" franchise since 1996. Not many movies can sustain that kind of actor retention. "Scream 4" is not a waste of money, but it is not a movie to go out of your way to watch.

Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes
Rated: R

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