When Jimmy’s (Roshan Mathew‘s) fiancee goes missing, he enlists the help of his cousin Kevin (Fahadh Faasil) to track her down. Mahesh Narayanan’s C U Soon, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, is a thriller that plays out entirely over computer screens. If you enjoyed it, here’s 5 more films we recommend that, like C U Soon, are either ‘screen movies’, found-footage films, or have been shot on iPhones:
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Three students head to the remote hills of Maryland to film a documentary about a local legend called the Blair Witch, only for their fears to quickly turn from reel to real as they’re stalked through the woods. The film, comprised entirely of this ‘documentary footage’, was a massive success, inspiring similar found footage films for years to come.
Director Aneesh Chaganty‘s story of a man (John Cho) in search of his missing daughter is so moving, it’s hard to believe it was all shot on cold, hard computer screens. Searching is not just an example of a ‘screen movie’ done right, it’s also a genuinely great thriller.
Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg’s 17-minute short effectively chronicles the various phases of a breakup — despair at being blindsided, suspicions of infidelity, loneliness — entirely through its teen lead character’s use of social media. (Be warned: If you’re familiar with the nature of Chatroulette, which makes an appearance in the film, you’ll understand that it has several NSFW scenes).
Patrick Kack-Brice’s found footage film follows a videographer hired to document a day in the life of a man dying of cancer. Or is he? The stranger quickly begins getting little too close for comfort, a transformation viewed through the lens of his hapless victim.
Shot entirely on an iPhone, Sean Baker’s Tangerine is a sharp, funny look at LA’s underbelly as it follows a transgender sex worker and her best friend’s attempts to find the pimp who betrayed her.