“Scream 4” is simply fun. It is fun to watch the mayhem continue in ridiculous fashion. To me, it comes off as a feat to be able to make an audience roll their eyes, laugh, and shriek all in unison. The ending alone proves the strength of the writers behind the film and really plays true to the state of our youth and their twisted views on being famous (trying not to spoil anything).
Once the writing departments improve, science fiction, alien invasion flicks may be able to compete with films like “Independence Day”. But currently, the state of alien invasion films is bleak. Give me moments like Will Smith punching an alien in the face. Give me Jeff Goldblum quoting Elvis Pressley on an alien mother ship. Give me Bill Pullman delivering the best speech to come out of a film since the days of James Stewart and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”. Without these key, impactful moments, audiences will be imagining the better alien invasion films and miss the ones right in front of them.
Perhaps “Limitless” is a glimpse into our not so distant future, but no matter what, the film truly causes viewers to look deeper than the lines of the script or the content of the film. It forces you to take a good, hard look at the world around you and consider what is best for humanity as a whole. With a splash of a love story and the makings of a fantastic drug thriller, “Limitless” truly takes on a life of its own.