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C U Soon Movie Review: Fahadh Faasil, Darshana Rajendran, Roshan Mathew Excel in This Experimental Thriller That Exposes a Horrifying Social Crime

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C U Soon Movie Review: There is hardly any doubt that Aneesh Chaganty’s Hollywood thriller Searching has been an inspiration for Mahesh Narayan’s C U Soon. Something lead actor Fahadh Faasil, also film’s producer (along with wifey Nazriya Nazim), had admitted in his interviews. The format of both the films are the same – the events shown unfolded through mobile screens and laptops, never getting into real-life action. We see the premise being built through chats, video-calling, webcams and hacking. What’s different are the actual premises. C U Soon Trailer: Fahadh Faasil, Roshan Mathew’s Next is a Taut Thriller that ’t Disappoint (Watch Video)

Searching was about a widowed father’s desperate search to find his missing daughter who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. C U Soon is about two men’s desperate search to find the truth about a woman one of them had been in love with.

CU Soon may have been shot during the pandemic period, when the lockdown rules forced the filmmakers to go innovative with the film. But unlike Gone Game or A Viral Wedding – both properties that used lockdown to go creative – C U Soon’s story is not set during the pandemic, but a year before where we are now.

We first meet Jimmy (Roshan Mathew), a 31-year old executive who works in UAE, who has his Tinder profile matched with Anumol’s (Darshana Rajendran). Sparks fly, video chats happen, virtual kisses are shared and within a week, Jimmy proposes to her online in the presence of his mother (Maala Parvathi) who also joins the video chat.

Anumol, who isn’t very forthcoming about her personal details much and often talks to him under the blankets, however, accepts his proposal. Trouble begins when an bruised Anumol calls up Jimmy one day and pleads to him to take her away from her home. After he does so, Anumol disappears from his flat, when he confronts her father, leaving what looks to be a video suicide note.

With police after him, Jimmy seeks the help of his cousin Kevin (Fahadh Faasil), a frustrated programmer/hacker to find out more details about Anumol to save him. It is a race against time for Kevin, as he seeks the truth through shared laptop screens, hacking FB profiles, SIMs and Google chats, all to discover a horrifying scandal.

C U Soon‘s premise can be divided into three parts. The first part is the cute love story between Jimmy and Anumol. In real-life, their romance feels rushed, something both Kevin and Jimmy’s mother keeps pointing out. But the way Mahesh Narayan, who earlier made the fantastic Take/Off, has portrayed the budding love story, we hardly feels so, especially because of Roshan and Darshana. Even though they only get to share the screen in a couple of scenes, the chemistry between the actors is striking. The buildup of the romance through chats and video-calls is done in a nice manner, and we really get why Jimmy falls for Anumol and becomes her knight in shining armour, a decision that backfires for him.

The second part is the /thriller, that brings the terrific Fahadh Faasil to the forefront of things. This portion is the most engaging aspect of C U Soon. Sure, there are a few convenience tropes that we have to overlook, like the ease with which Kevin gets access to certain fields. In Searching, the protagonist was more of a novice when it comes to online apps, thereby adding more to the tense factor. Here, it feels somewhat diluted because the factor of Kevin being a hacker. Fahadh Faasil Birthday Special: From Being Called ‘Wooden’ to Being Hailed as Best in Business, Recapping the Spell-Binding Journey of the National Award Winner.

Also the extremely convenient plotpoint of his jealous girlfriend/boss (Amalda Liz) installing malware in Anumol’s phone is hard to ignore, not to mention how casually the hacking of privacy is overlooked. Despite the niggles, though, these portions will keep you pretty hooked, as along with Kevin, we are totally immersed in knowing what happened to Anumol and who she is really.

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It also helps that these scenes are spearheaded by Faasil, who gets to be in the centre of the action and delivers with panache. We have read articles of how expressive his eyes and, C U Soon makes full advantage of that, as with each scene, we see a myriad of emotions from vanity to casual sexism, to fear to desperation and remorse all in his eyes. The tight editing and the technical finesse also have to be lauded here (Mahesh also serves as editor and virtual cinematographer), and the (borrowed) ingenuity of the execution works well. Gopi Sundar’s BG score to enhance the gripping feel even more.

The third part is the expose of a social crime that I won’t get into much for SPOILER reasons. It is in these scenes where the young Darshana Rajendran gets to shine the most, and the actress is absolutely fantastic here. It is a truly heartbreaking act from her, speaking to the camera, and in a sense, to us. Fahadh once again gets score here, completing his arc of being a bitter, vain programmer to someone who gets humbled down by the last few hours of his life. But the third act totally belongs to Darshana, just as the first act belonged to Roshan and second to Fahadh.

And yet, this portion is what I feel was the weaker part of C U Soon, the social cause aspect not really gelling well with the rest of the film. You begin to question some of the previous scenes, and though, you can fill the blanks there yourself, the half-baked plausibility is a hindrance. There is also the fact that Kevin has been kept away offscreen for a bit too long, so that emotional connect needed that the love story once brought feels missing.  But things do tie up well towards the end, with a promise of a sequel that would come out in theatres.

Yay!

– The Actors

– Narayan’s Treatment

– A Gripping Premise

Nay!

– A Weaker Third Act

– A Few Convenience Tropes

Final Thoughts

C U Soon is just one more fine example from a resurgent Malayalam Cinema showing that even lockdown can’t restrain its fondness of delivering exciting stories. With brilliant performances and smart direction, the movie is more than worth a watch, even if it doesn’t manage to overshadow its inspiration. C U soon is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 01, 2020 12:01 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Friends Reunion Special Featuring Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry and Other to Premiere on HBO Max on May 27!

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Friends Reunion Special Featuring Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry and Other to Premiere on HBO Max on May 27!

Los Angeles, May 14: Streamer HBO Max has announced that the long- “Friends” reunion special will drop on its platform on May 27.

All six original cast members — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — are coming back for the special, titled “Friends: The Reunion“. It’s Happening! Friends Reunion Special With Original Cast is in the Works for HBO Max Streaming Service.

The streamer on Thursday released a teaser trailer for the special that showed the core cast walking in a distance with their back towards the camera. An acoustic version of the show’s signature theme plays in the background. “Friends: The Reunion” will debut on the one year anniversary of the launch of HBO Max and exactly one year after it was originally supposed to air, the streamer said in a statement.

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However, the special was delayed times due to the production shutdown caused by the COVID-19 . It was originally set to film in February 2020 but was only able to begin filming in April this year.

Described as a “real-life unscripted celebration of the beloved show”, the unscripted special will see Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry and Schwimmer return to the iconic comedy’s original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros Studio lot in Burbank. COVID-19: ‘Friends’ Reunion Special Delayed Amid Coronavirus Pandemic.

It will feature a variety of special guests including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.

Ben Winston directed the special and executive produced along with “Friends” executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane.

Friends: The Reunion” comes from Warner Bros Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, Fulwell 73 Productions and Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions.

“Friends” premiered in September 1994 and was a phenomenon during its decade-long run. It later went on to find cult status among new audiences through TV reruns and streamers.

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Robert Zemeckis Birthday Special: From Back to the Future to Forrest Gump, 7 Best Films of the Director Ranked by IMDB (LatestLY Exclusive)

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Robert Zemeckis Birthday Special: From Back to the Future to Forrest Gump, 7 Best Films of the Director Ranked by IMDB (LatestLY Exclusive)

Robert Zemeckis might be the filmmaker who must have have made some of your favourite films. From Forrest Gump to Back to the Future trilogy, the director has made some really good entertainers, though some of his recent movies haven’t hit the bulls’ eye. But you have to give him marks for going for some unique treatment in movies like The Walk, Welcome to Marwen, The Witches, Allied among others. Robert Zemeckis Birthday: 3 Times Bollywood Looked to the Director’s Cult Hit Films for Inspiration.

Some of his films have also been remade in Bollywood, like Raaz took inspiration from What Lies Beneath. Back to the Future turned into Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Replayy. And Aamir Khan is starring in the upcoming remake of Forrest Gump!

On the occasion of the director’s birthday, let’s look at seven of his best films ranked from Least to Best, according to their IMDB score.

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J in Back to the Future Part III (1990)

IMDB Rating: 7.4

The third part of one of Hollywood’s most beloved trilogies sees Marty McFly go back in the 19th century in the Wild West to bring his old friend, Doc Brown, back to the present. I mean, the future. I mean, the present… Ok, you got the point!

Contact (1997)

Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey in Contact (1997)

IMDB Rating: 7.5

The science fiction film starred Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey in the lead, and was about Foster’s scientist trying to establish contact with alien intelligence. The movie is most remembered for its marvelous editing trick that still baffles the viewers.

Scene from Contact

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

IMDB Rating: 7.7

This still entertaining live-action/animation film stars the late Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd, and features Hoskins’ detective trying to save a toon Rabbit from a murder conviction.

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Michael J Fox in Back to the Future Part II (1989)

IMDB Rating: 7.8

The second part of Back to the Future trilogy has the most complicated premise in the trilogy, as it features Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) goes in the future to save his descendants, and then has to go back in the past twice to undo the mistakes he in his future travel. Michael J Fox Birthday: From Yes Boss to Massu, Did You Know These Popular Movies of Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Suriya Were Inspired by the Hollywood Star’s Films?

Cast Away (2000)

Tom Hanks in Cast Away (2000)

IMDB Rating: 7.8

This survival drama sees Tom Hanks play a Fedex delivery who gets marooned on an uninhabited island, and has to survive on whatever the land has to offer before he can plan an . BTW, who thought you would cry over a basketball?

Back to the Future (1985)

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J Fox in Back to the Future (1985)

IMDB Rating: 8.5

Coming to the classic that kick-started an era of geeks fawning over time-travel. Back to the Future has Marty McFly, a teenager who accidentally travels back in time and tries to restart his parents’ love story on a better note.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Robin Wright and Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump

IMDB Rating: 8.8

The Oscar-winning classic has Tom Hanks, also winning Academy Award for Best Actor, play a guy with an IQ of 75, who was accidentally present in some of America’s historic moments and kickstarts several others. All while trying to cherish his childhood love.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on May 14, 2021 09:41 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Cate Blanchett Birthday Special: 5 Pictures to Proof That the Actress Can Rock Any Hairstyle With Utmost Grace

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Cate Blanchett Birthday Special: 5 Pictures to Proof That the Actress Can Rock Any Hairstyle With Utmost Grace

Cate Blanchett is one of the most loved Australian actresses who has worked in several blockbuster films. She has managed to woo us all in every genre of that she has worked on. Whether it was role in the fantasy series Lord of The Rings & The Hobbit or her phenomenal performance as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok or the silly dilly Rom-Coms that she has been a part of, the versatile actress has made her presence felt in every character. Cate Blanchett Quotes: Celebrate American Actress’ 50th Birthday With Memorable Quotes and Sayings.

Apart from her acting, Cate Blanchett has certainly mastered the trick to look damn gorgeous every time she steps out. She has also groomed herself into a better version of herself with every appearance. Even at this age, Cate has a distinct aura around her and her intimidating persona can be quite alluring at times. Today, Blanchett is more about being feminine and and her outings emulate the same emotions. Not just that, the Ocean’s 8 actress has also often experimented with her hairstyle. We never see her with the same hair for a long time. Cate Blanchett on Gender Disparity in Hollywood: Pushing Towards Equality Is Not Just a Fashionable Moment in Time.

Today as the actress celebrated her 52nd birthday, we take a look at some of her best hairstyles to date. Check it out:

The Beachy Waves

The Perfect Messy Hairdo

Rocking That Sleek Haircut

The Red Hair Looks Amazing On Her

Bob Cut Suits Cate

Cate Blanchett is very careful when it comes to her appearances. She rarely disappoints and keeps slaying all the time. Here’s raising a toast to her infallible self. Join us in wishing her a very happy birthday.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on May 14, 2021 09:40 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our onhike.com).

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