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Before We Go

Before We Go
Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Emma Fitzpatrick and Scott Evans

Rated: PG-13 for brief strong language and some suggestive content.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: September 4, 2015 Released by: Radius - TWC

Chris Evans transitions behind the camera while producing and starring in the jittery, misguided (consider the lensing) romancer Before We Go in between big Marvel Studios films like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. It just doesn't coalesce and have resonant characters in comparison to films by Sofia Coppola or more prominently Richard Linklater in his terrific collaborations with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. At least in one scene it has more of a literal bang to it. But one hopes Evans will soldier on with more dexterity and coherence from more experience around filmmakers to shake off this guffaw.

It doesn't promise the diverting adult amusements of an After Hours as Grand Central Station is the initial setting for Nick (Evans of the stellar sci-fi opus Snowpiercer) and Brooke (Eve of Star Trek Into Darkness and She's Out Of My League) to meet cute. The greenback helmer has trouble eliciting the engaging qualities both have shown in previous cinematic excursions. Maybe the script by four writers, including Ron Bass, just doesn't rise over the pervading prosaic nature of the proceedings save for a candidly affecting reflection on a proposal within an occasional arguably riveting interlude.

The tale revolves around Brooke's missing purse and roaming the city streets but there isn't much to get beyond the peripheral in narrative or character terms as Brooke's personal baggage as an epistle comes into play. Linklater was able to initiate an arc with curiosity in making nearly every frame count, but Evans can't make Before We Go outstay its welcome, too flat and antiseptic for actors more prideful than this in rendering emotional integrity during an unanticipated but ultimately uninvolving union.

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