ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – Y – Save Yourselves! (2020)
Director: Alex Huston Fischer, Eleanor Wilson
Writer: Alex Huston Fischer, Eleanor Wilson (Screenplay)
Starring: Sunita Mani, John Reynolds, Ben Sinclair, John Early, Jo Firestone, Gary Richardson, Johanna Day
Plot: A young Brooklyn couple heads to an upstate cabin to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. Blissfully unaware of their surroundings, they are left to their own devices as the planet falls under attack.
Tagline – Turning off their phones was the dumbest idea on the planet.
Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Save Yourselves! Starts when a Brooklyn couple Su (Mani) and Jack (Reynolds) find themselves being controlled by their phones and the internet. Which will see them wanting to unplug for a week. Looking to have a week away from everything in upstate New York.
While away the couple learn that a mysterious fluffy alien has attacked the city. With them needing to figure out how to get back to society or survive away from the people.
Thoughts on Save Yourselves!
Save Yourselves! Is a sci-fi comedy that will see a hipster couple looking to find themselves again. After becoming too reliant on the technology in their lives only for their time unplugged being when an alien invasion happens. This is a story that wants to put out a warning about become relent to technology. Where being away from the world could keep you safe from an invasion waiting to happen. with the cutest little furball aliens you will ever see.
The lead pair Sunita Mani and John Reynolds do a good job showing a couple looking to find their identities in the world. Both before and after the incidents start. We could have dived into a lot more themes about what was happening here. Instead the film does feel like a series of planned sketches, rather than a natural movement of a couple.
Final Thoughts – Save Yourselves! Is a by the book comedy sc-i-fi that just doesn’t get as many strong points over, relying on sketches over story.