C U Soon review – Great attempt but misses the mark

Title: C U Soon
Rating: 2.75/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Roshan Mathew, Darshana Rajendran
Director: Mahesh Narayanan
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Language: Malayalam

Story: Jimmy Kurien (Roshan Mathew) comes across Anumol Sebastian (Darshana Rajendran) on Tinder and they become very close in real quick time. Jimmy even proposes to her in the presence of his mother in a group video call. Just when everything is going fine, Anumol disappears suddenly and the police suspect Jimmy for her disappearance. Jimmy seeks the help of his techie friend Kevin Thomas (Fahadh Faasil). What happened to Anu and how did they find her forms the rest of the story.

Performances: There is very limited scope for any actor to perform when an iPhone camera is recording your closeup for the entire duration of the film but Fahadh Faasil, Roshan Mathew and Darshana Rajendran deliver the best possible performances possible in a restricted atmosphere like this. Fahadh Faasil conveys his fierce looks. Darshana did well in emotional scenes. But it is Roshan Mathew who had the chance to showcase a variety of emotions and he has done extremely well. Other supporting actors don’t have much to do as movie is entirely focused on these three main characters.

Technicalities: There is no typical camerawork as such and is mostly capturing the screen of an iPhone or a Mac and it has been done well. Gopi Sundar’s music supports the film very well especially in the initial portions. Editing is okay. Production design deserves special mention.

Analysis: This movie has been entirely shot with an iPhone within all the lockdown restrictions. The story of the movie is inspired by true events. The entire movie is shown to us through a mobile camera and as the movie progresses, we start feeling that we are inside a mobile phone. First of all, Fahadh Faasil and Mahesh Narayanan need to be appreciated for trying out something like this during the lockdown period. They have proven that a technically sound product can definitely be made even with so many restrictions. The basic idea of the movie is also perfect and would have made for a good dark thriller. The first 45 minutes completely holds our interest and makes us think that something big and unexpected is about to happen. But that never happens and the film runs completely flat after that. The pace too becomes slow with literally nothing happening for sometime in between. Those portions could have been chopped off and the runtime could have been easily reduced by another 10 minutes for a more engaging final output. Mahesh Narayanan is an experienced editor himself but it seems like he wanted the runtime to stay on par with  regular films which might not exactly work for a film of this kind. Mahesh’s screenplay starts off well but he loses the plot after the halfway mark. Still, the good performances and a fresh experience overall makes this film a commendable attempt.

On a whole: C U Soon is an  attempt worth appreciating but is not completely satisfying.

Rating: 2.75/5

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