Chris Evans makes his directorial debut with this winning romance about two strangers (Evans and Alice Eve, Star Trek: Into Darkness) who spend a long, magical night in NYC after missing the last train at Grand Central Terminal.
Love in the movies tends to be epic and star-crossed,
but there's nothing more seductive
than romance between two strangers over
the course of a shared sleepless night.
Working from a script co-written by
Academy Award-winning screenwriter
Ron Bass (Rain Man), actor Chris Evans
follows in the enchanting traditions of Eric
Rohmer's My Night at Maud's and Richard
Linklater's Before Sunrise.
Flustered and fearful after a brush with
a mugger, Brooke (Alice Eve) races through
Manhattan's Grand Central Station, desperate
to catch the night's last Boston-bound
train. She fails to make it in time, and inadvertently
succeeds in catching the eye of
Nick (Evans), a busker, who is immediately
enthralled. Their chance encounter leads to
an intimate odyssey through nocturnal New
York, and as Brooke's initial wariness gives
way, she and Nick prove keenly attuned to
one another's personal struggles. But while
their connection is undeniable, a major complication
looms: another train will be along
in the morning, and Brooke has a husband
awaiting her return.
Evans, making his directorial debut,
exhibits an assured subtlety that augurs a
promising future behind the camera as well
as in front of it. Audiences most familiar
with him as a super-soldier in Marvel's
blockbuster Avengers franchise will find
that he also proves a warm and disarming
romantic lead. The engaging chemistry
he shares with Eve makes Before We Go a
worthy addition to the cinematic legacy of
beguiling brief encounters.