The ‘Take Off’ combo of Fahadh Faasil and director Mahesh Narayanan reunite for Amazon Prime’s CU Soon, a thriller that is narrated entirely through computer screens, mobile screens and web cameras.
What is the story about?
In the United Arab Emirates, Jimmy (Roshan Mathew) and Anu (Darshana Rajendran) meet over Tinder, chat over Whatsapp and video call each other over Skype (which is blocked in the UAE). Their relationship starts to blossom and Jimmy even asks for Anu’s hand in marriage. However, things turn dark as Anu’s past is not what it seems and she goes missing. As Jimmy too falls into trouble, Kevin (Fahadh Faasil) comes down to help him, and the duo find out deeper secrets over the course of the film, contacting each other purely through video calls.
Remember the 2018 film, Searching? Yes, CU Soon borrows the core idea of the film from there and crafts its own narrative as we are pulled into the search for the truth behind Anu’s missing. With a runtime of 98 minutes, the film hops on from one event to the other in the lives of Jimmy, Anu and Kevin and how they contact each other online. However, right from the start of the film, there is clumsiness in the narrative which never let's go. It becomes a little hard to concentrate on what is actually going on, as the clues are dropped at random and the film starts to have continuity issues. When it finally finds its groove, CU Soon looks and sounds very promising and sets the stage for a big twist, which ultimately never comes right until the end. At the end of the film, one will surely get the feeling of watching a flat and unexciting story with no humps whatsoever, though there could have been many interesting things in here apart from the unique narrative pattern.
Roshan Mathew is once again very good in the role of a troubled youngster and carries out his role quite perfectly even though he does not get to play many shades. A lot was expected from Fahadh Faasil, but this is more of a one-toned role for the specialist who has a ton of better performances racked up in his filmography. Darshana is fine, and so are the other characters in the film who come and go, but don’t leave an impact.
Music & Other Departments
Gopi Sundar’s whacky score does contribute good things to the film, especially in the first 40 minutes where the conflict is sown.
Nothing big, except for the fact that we get to see a Fahadh Faasil starrer during the lockdown.
The real big misfire with CU Soon is how it could not provide that one good twist which could have saved the entire film.
Did I enjoy it?
No. It was a very flat watch for me.
Do I recommend it?
There is nothing great to take home from CU Soon, so there’s nothing wrong if you even see it later. Another Malayalam film bites the dust this Onam.