Sundance 2020: The Perils Of Getting Off The Grid In “Save Yourselves!”

Sunita Mani and John Reynolds appear in “Save Yourselves!” by Alex Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Matt Clegg.

To get a sense of what it means to make a zany film like “Save Yourselves!,” check out the following video clip, which features segments of a Q&A with the writers and directors of the Rom-Com, Eleanor Wilson and Alex Huston Fischer:



Now, for a brief overview of the film, which was an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition: The movie is more or less an ode to our tech-obsessed culture, a zany rom-com survivalist tale that follows Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani), a hip Brooklyn couple hooked on technology and unable to unplug from their devices. Fearing their tech addiction is beginning to impact their relationship, the cute pair seize the chance to leave town and stay at an isolated cabin deep in the woods. It’s time to get off the grid and sidestep those Instagram likes—at least for a week.

But their blissful retreat is soon interrupted when Su sneaks a glance at her iPhone, quickly discovering that the planet is under attack. With no life skills to speak of, the couple embarks on a journey to return to civilization…or what’s left of it.

Along the way they discover a baby left behind in a car, making this worst-case scenario an even bitterer pill to swallow.

The aliens featured are probably the cutest beasts seen on screen since those adorable fluffy tribbles populated the Enterprise on “Star Trek”—except these furry little brats (or “Poofs” as Su calls them) lash out with long tentacles to take out unsuspecting victims in one fail swoop.

This is a movie affectionately satirizing modern life and love, but what makes the ride so much fun is watching the chemistry between Reynolds and Mania throughout the adventure, playing a clueless Millennial couple to perfection. Writer-directors Eleanor Wilson and Alex Huston Fischer hit the mark, crafting a hilarious tale that makes us think about putting down our iPhones and going out to live a little.