‘Save Yourselves!’ Review: A Couple Goes Off the Grid Just as Aliens Arrive [Sundance 2020]

/Film | 1/26/2020 | Ben Pearson
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We’re all addicted to our phones. Whether it’s because we need the dopamine hit of receiving Twitter faves or Instagram likes, or just a gnawing need to constantly be connected, the addiction is very real. Save Yourselves!, the new sci-fi comedy from writer/directors Eleanor Wilson and Alex H. Fischer, preys on the FOMO you get if you don’t look at your phone for several hours, blowing it up into a worst case scenario. What if, instead of just a couple of missed notifications, you missed news about an alien invasion?

Su (Sunita Mani from GLOW) and Jack (John Reynolds from Search Party) initially appear to be little more than a walking collection of New York hipster cliches. They love Whole Foods, try to be environmentally conscious, and fantasize about leaving the modern world behind. It’s clear that they’re genuinely into each other, but there are some issues bubbling just beneath the surface: 30-year-old Su has ambition, while Jack is a lazy, 34-year-old man child. They go to a party with other hipsters, including a groom-to-be (John Early) who brags about planning a low-carbon honeymoon but in the same breath talks about how, instead of appropriating Mexican culture by using a mariachi band, they’re flying in a genuine 12-piece New Orleans brass band. (He seems oblivious to the fact that flying in anyone at all will increase the event’s carbon footprint.) Another friend, Raph (Ben Sinclair), who quit his job to travel the world, has just returned from Patagonia, where he procured a crystal for Jack intended to ward off stress and bad vibes. He owns a cabin upstate, and tells Su and Jack they should stay there for a while as a getaway.

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A few days later, they’re on their way, having changed their voicemails to inform everyone they’re going completely off...
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