Save Yourselves! (2020) Review
There’s a lot of potential in hipster alien invasion comedy SAVE YOURSELVES! but the main characters’ self-absorption never manages to translate to an absorbing viewing experience, leaving the film something of a underdeveloped curiosity.
After some disappointing professional developments, a young Brooklyn couple decide to unplug from the ditigal world and head upstate to a remote cabin where they can disconnect from their phones and reconnect with themselves and each other. Detatched from the constant stream of world consciousness, they are blissfully unaware that in the hours after they departed on their vacation the planet came under attack from an invasive alien species.
SAVE YOURSELVES! definitely wants to be quirky but its route to that quirkiness is the same solipsistic one that thinks a multi-parameter coffee order at Starbucks is a whole personality. Sunita Mani as Su and John Reynolds as Jack are note perfect as the entitled, obliviously self-involved hpsters who find themselves trapped in lives which are being lived more for their social media aesthetic value and the virtues it signals. Instead of an inner monologue, these are people who disingenuously curate an external monologue where every utterance is an attempt to craft an authentic, artisan identity that differentiates them from everyone around them.
While initially amusing, its an act which rapidly wears thin and renders the leads so unlikeable you might find yourselves rooting for the killer parkour Tribbles which have descended on the Earth although as soon as the film reveals how the creatures can be destroyed it becomes harder to believe they’ve managed to achieve the scale of invasion the movie hints at.
Watchable but often gratingly so, it perks up in the final fifteen minutes and ends on an intriguing abstract note but ultimately, SAVE YOURSELVES! struggles to be much more than a hipster version of A QUIET PLACE where, instead, the main characters never shut the Hell up.