Technology is meant to connect people from all over the world. Sadly it is making us miserable. Yes, technology has created positive pathways but because of it, we are slowly losing our humanness. From the moment we wake up, we are glued to devices.
We think we know all about the people around us, but in reality, it is a mere illusion. Tagging, chatting, sending pictures through different apps does not equate to having a real bond. Needless to say, technology has a great impact on human relationships. But, with each passing year, people are realizing the downside of online relationships and trying to convey it through different mediums. These two films show us what is real and urge us to do a reality check! Read more:
Parallel Universe with a Distinct Story
C U Soon and Searching are one of a few movies that nail its point with minimal efforts. With less crew and zero fun elements, you realize cinema can be very simple with sharp facts. C U soon is a Malayalam film that neatly embeds the problems with online relationships. On the other hand, Searching is an English film that reveals the real-time problem of Gen Z- disconnect within a family. It is a new kind of storytelling that is highly commendable. You watch multiple screens switching through both the films that we all are highly familiar with and proficient in. Be it different apps, websites, iPads, laptops, pictures, videos, or chat windows filled with emojis. Everyone uses digital platforms every day but fail to understand that it’s just an interface and not the real world. So, let me give you a short synopsis about both films.
Premise of C U Soon and Searching
The Searching film, directed by Aneesh Chaganty, released in 2018. David Kim (John Cho) files a missing complaint as he is unable to find his daughter. Yes, a father has no clue about the whereabouts of his daughter. With the investigation moving at a snail’s pace with no leads, David takes the matter into his own hands and starts digging through his daughter’s laptop that she left behind. Soon, things start unraveling. Lies, betrayal, desperation all combine together to present us with an edge-of-seat thriller. Aneesh makes us question what do we even know about our family.
C U Soon
C U soon released in 2020, among other Malayalam-language releases from Amazon Prime, is directed by Mahesh Narayanan. It begins with Jimmy (Roshan Mathew) looking through the tinder profile to swipe a match. And Anumol Sebastian (Darshana Rajendran) catches his attention. They both swipe right- conversation starts and sparks fly. As Jimmy and Anumol chat, they both grow close. Suddenly Jimmy is arrested, and Kevin (Fahadh Faasil), Jimmy’s best- friend, is forced to solve this jigsaw puzzle. C U Soon has a flash runtime, your eyes will be reluctant to blink for a few seconds.
The Underbelly of the Internet
So coming to the point about the flip-side of the online world. You end up realizing the negative side along the course of both films. Numerous questions blast up as you will be deeply engaged in both flicks. The technical parts, acting, direction, and story-telling are amazing. You will never have a jaded moment to check your notifications.
Both films make us question the way we approach and engage in the virtual world and how technology drives us into thinking, we know everything about someone. Therefore, do not be naive about the downside of social media. The best solution is to cross-check with a credible source to avoid sinister traps. As every individual has different versions of the same story, you may be blinded to the actual truth.
Ultimately, technology is a want, not a need as it is perceived. Yes, it’s irresistible, colorful, interesting, addictive but the real world can offer the same if you wish to step out fully. Spending time with your family and friends is far more fulfilling than scrolling through endless lists of posts.
So how about having dinner today with your family by keeping your phones aside.
Let us know about the menu and conversations that ignited…!