C U Soon movie review: Full marks to experimentation

 C U Soon movie review: Full marks to experimentation

Jimmy Kurien (Roshan Mathew) is a UAE-based executive, who meets Anu Sebastian (Darshana Rajendran) online and quickly forges a close friendship with her, which soon blossoms into love. However, they never meet, she doesn’t share any personal pics or details unlike him, she doesn’t even possess a SIM card and, one day, she’s brutally attacked only to disappear soon after despite seeking refuge at his place.
C U Soon movie review: Full marks to experimentation, but Fahadh Faasil’s movie is split between a nail-biting first half and emotional melodrama thereafter.
Jimmy Kurien (Roshan Mathew) is a UAE-based executive, who meets Anu Sebastian (Darshana Rajendran) online and quickly forges a close friendship with her, which soon blossoms into love. However, they never meet, she doesn’t share any personal pics or details unlike him, she doesn’t even possess a SIM card and, one day, she’s brutally attacked only to disappear soon after despite seeking refuge at his place. When he gets embroiled as a suspect, it’s time to seek succour from his South Africa-based cousin, Kevin Thomas (Fahadh Faasil), who’s social-media and hacking expertise unravel a can of worms. Also Read – Fahadh Faasil opens up on his admiration for Aamir Khan and the concept of C U Soon being inspired from Hollywood film Searching.

What’s Hot:

The first half of Amazon Prime’s C U Soon does draw you to the edge of you seat in anticipation that something truly sinister is around the corner. Mobile and laptop screens are used very well to build tension, and Fahadh Faasil, Roshan Mathew and Darshana Rajendran’s convincing performances add to the suspense. Also, Mahesh Narayanan’s cinematography (who also juggles writing, directing and editing duties here), given the limited resources is nothing short of marvelous as Gopi Sundar’s background score, which helps amp up the mystery.

What’s not

All the good work done halfway through the film unravels pretty soon as Mahesh Narayanan’s script, for some some strange reason, quickly deviates from suspense territory to soapy melodrama, focusing on human trauma, which would’ve been all well and good had it not come at the expense of the mysterious story he promised earlier. Every time the plot shows signs of something tense unfolding, it’s quickly abandoned for heightened emotions and human struggles, which belie both what the trailer showed and the potential of what occurs before. At some point you’ll start glancing at the time even though C U Soon is just over 90 minutes long. To make matters worse, the narrative becomes terribly predictable as it stumbles toward its end and, unlike Searching, Unfriended, or even The Gone Game, some of the online plot points on display are just too confounding too follow even for those very well versed with social media and modern technology.

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