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.
Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani) are 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.
Toward the end of the film, Su says that they are located near Pine Bush, New York. The town of Pine Bush once had the reputation of being the UFO capital of the world, due to the unusually high number of UFO sightings reported there in the mid-1980's. See more »
How well would a bunch of quinoa-eating, anti-gun liberal progressive Instagramers fare if faced with protecting themselves from an alien invasion?
That's the question this movie asks, and watching the answer play out is humorous, but I couldn't help but think how much better a movie could have been made from such a good premise. For a liberal progressive like myself, it's easy to put myself in the shoes of the protagonists, a hipster couple from New York who decide to take a break from social media at the worst possible time, and there are some chuckles to be had at making fun of them and by extension myself. The film is at its best in the first half, as this oblivious couple gradually catches on that something is amiss. But it unravels the longer it goes on, and the ending falls apart, as if the filmmakers painted themselves into a corner they didn't know how to get out of.
In a year as terrible as 2020, the film's message, which can essentially be boiled down to valuing those closest to you and forget the rest, is welcome. I just wish it had come in a better package.
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