The fourth addition of the much talked about franchise comes almost 11 years after the trilogy. With some fresh faced talent combined with the original cast and crew, it definitely looked promising. Did it live up to the expectations? The answer is Yes and No. Yes, because it brings a very webcam savvy online crime genre into play. It also throws light on a growing breed of American youngsters who know that broadcasting your f@$ked up life is the easiest way to achieve fame. And no, because the script doesn’t live up to the pace set by the new age psycho crime scenario.
After a self-referential and spoofish opening that the audience will surely love, “Scre4m” continues to follow Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). 13 years after ghostface first appeared, she is back in town to promote her book which details her journey of getting over the horrifying tragedy. Of course she spoke too soon. The day she arrives in town, ghostface seems to have begun his stabbathon again. This time however, his target is Sidney’s teenage cousin Jill (Emma Roberts) and her high school gang which include hot nerd Kirby (Hayden Panettiere) and a bunch of other teen stars. Helping Sydney solve the mystery is the now married duo from the original – Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley (Courtney Cox and David Arquette).Gale, no longer a reporter, is suffering from serious writer’s bloc on her new novel. Dewey, now sheriff, still seems as lost as ever. This new age reboot now starts following the killing pattern from the original. This is where the writing falls and the movie begins to bore until you reach the climax, where it picks up and amuses all over again. Although the revelation about whose behind ghostface is surprising (brownie point there), it isn’t convincingly executed. The dialogues are gritty and mirror the real life American state of affairs, but they haven’t been convincingly delivered by some of the young cast.
The self-referential spoof like feel is definitely one of the high points along with a certain sense of realism that the dialogues induce. But inconsistency in script and absence of enough thrills mar the pace and overall effect of the film. Fans of the franchise will enjoy it but what about the other? I don’t know. You watch. You decide.
Verdict: Like Simon Cowell’s comment on The Kardashians, “they are famous for being famous”, this reboot might work just for being a reboot.