‘Save Yourselves!’ Critique: Alien Invasion in the Smartphone Technology

Think about surviving an alien invasion when you’re a staunchly anti-gun Brooklyn millennial with no…

Think about surviving an alien invasion when you’re a staunchly anti-gun Brooklyn millennial with no survival capabilities over and above making a sourdough starter. That amusing premise sets the phase for this apocalyptic comedy from the author-directors Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, which should really belong in a subgenre sillier than “mumblegore,” the horror offshoot of the reduced-price range, dialogue-significant mumblecore.

Sunita Mani (“Glow”) and John Reynolds (“Search Party”) star as Su and Jack, a 30-a thing pair who have inadvertently fallen into a digital throuple with Alexa — of the Amazon type — since of their Internet-addicted life. Established to connect with each and every other and not their units, the two make a pact to go upstate and convert off their telephones and laptops. What a week to unplug: Extraterrestrials just take more than the planet, but Su and Jack miss out on the information. What follows is an unconventional alien horror.

The quirky “Save Yourselves!” is not essentially a style reinventor but a excellent example of how substantially entertaining you can have on a non-studio budget. The extraterrestrials are comically understated: just adorable fluffy balls called “pouffes.” But the movie incorporates visual flourishes exactly where it can, basking in lovely gentle.

The humor could be predictably mined from perpetually-created-fun-of millennials, but the charming prospects convert self-informed jabs into endearing confessions. In a single of the ideal scenes, Jack breaks down over his lack of ability to fish or plumb — “I never know how to be a person!”— only to swing into his model of nouveau masculinity, crying, “I am such a undesirable listener!” The sourdough endeavors and conclusion-of-the-environment plot will feel eerily prescient, but the movie resists being a downer — discovering a comedic tone that is out of this world.

Save Yourselves!
Rated R. Operating time: 1 hour 33 minutes. In theaters. Make sure you consult with the rules outlined by the Centers for Disorder Command and Avoidance just before watching movies within theaters.