C U Soon (2020) is a Malayalam mystery film that has been made during the pandemic, by following social distancing and entirely with a smartphone. For that reason, I am rating the film one notch higher at “Ripe” on my MangoIdiots scale than I would’ve otherwise. The movie is available on Amazon Prime Video. The film reminded of Searching (2018), as both of them were about what’s on a phone and a computer, but unlike the South Korean hit, the Malayalam film fails to keep you in a suspense till the end.
The story is about Jimmy, a bank executive working in UAE, meeting a girl Anu through a dating app, and within a week to fall in love with her, without meeting her even once. Then Anu vanishes without a trace and trouble comes for Jimmy, who turns to his cousin Kevin (Fahadh Faasil), a cyber-security expert for help. There is little of spoken dialogues, most of it is happening as WhatsApp & Facebook chat messages, this was the uniqueness of the film and its weakness too. Beyond a point, we feel disconnected from the characters.
It is not easy to convey emotions when you are not next to each other in a love film, still Roshan Mathew as Jimmy, and, Darshana Rajendran as Anu have played their roles adequately. There are logic gaps and technology mistakes, but those can be forgiven for an otherwise engaging film with a relevant message. My sincere appreciations for the team for pulling off a feature film during these risky times.