review by Bobby Blakey
I always love a good invasion flick, especially when they do something out of the norm with the idea. The latest Save Yourselves! starring John Reynolds and Sunita Mani looks to do just that, but does it have that something special to make it standout or will it fail to survive its own invasion?
Save Yourselves follows Jack and Su, a hip Brooklyn couple who, like many of their friends, find themselves dependent on technology and unable to put down their phones. Fearing their mindless scrolling may impact their connection with each other, they seize the chance to head to an isolated cabin in the woods, vowing to unplug from the outside world for a week. Sheltered from texts and push notifications, they are blissfully unaware that the planet is under attack. As strange events unfold, the couple must figure out a way back to civilization—or what’s left of it.
While this is an invasion movie, it’s even more so a quirky look at relationships and the effects that technology have on people. I thought it was going to be a straight up comedy, but while it is kind of silly they play it pretty straight and in turn never feels all that funny. This isn’t an insult to the film but more of a compliment to what they pulled off with such a simple silly idea of what is referred to as the pouffes themselves.
The majority of the film focuses more on their relationship and their struggles and working it all out. This connects you to these characters in a relatable way, but might also make those eager for the alien invasion to begin a bit frustrated. While I enjoyed the film I was waiting for something big to happen and it never really does until somewhat the end. It isn’t making it a problem for the film it’s just not pandering to what the audience thinks they want and to me that is better filmmaking.
The simplistic ideal of the pouffes is silly but still works in a bizarre way. This is
where they should have pushed the boundaries of the horror/sci-fi element as well as the comedy, but instead just kind ran with it. It is fun to watch but never fully does anything to really suck you in. I enjoyed the film for what it is, but I was honestly hoping for more laughs and craziness and instead got something simple and not overly inspiring.
If it comes off like a bit love hate on this film it’s because that is kind of how I feel. I enjoyed it for what they did and were trying to do, but I wanted more and can see so much more fun to be had. For a lower budget film I applaud them for what they put together and hope that people will at least give it a chance so that fans can decide for themselves.