Set in Manhattan, the story follows two strangers after their serendipitous meeting in Grand Central. Over the course of one night, they form an unlikely bond and the conflicts in their own lives become the basis for exploration into each other and themselves.
Before We Go (previously titled 1:30 Train) is a romantic comedy-drama directed by Chris Evans in his directorial debut, and starring Evans, Alice Eve and Mark Kassen. The film had its world premiere in the special presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released on video on demand on July 21, 2015, and had a limited release on September 4, 2015 in the United States by Radius-TWC.
About the Story
While busking in Grand Central Terminal, Nick Vaughan (Chris Evans) sees a woman running by to catch the 1:30a.m train to Boston dropping and breaking her phone. She misses the train and is forced to return. Nick returns the phone to the woman, Brooke (Alice Eve). When he finds her standing outside the terminal she confesses that she has just been robbed and is trapped in the city.
He offers to pay for a cab to take her to Boston but his credit cards are declined. When he tries to call a friend to come loan him the money he finds his phone has died. Nick offers to try to pay for a room for Brooke to stay in overnight, but she insists that she needs to return home before the morning.
Nick decides to help Brooke find her missing purse. The two are able to track it down at a sweatshop that deals in stolen purses but for his efforts to retrieve the purse Nick is punched in the face. The two try and go to Nick’s friend’s wedding in order to find his friend to loan him money and instead end up at an event where they are mistaken for members of the band.
Nick and Brooke perform My Funny Valentine before being forced to flee when the real band shows up. After their last ditch attempt to get a bus to Boston fails as they don’t have enough money, Brooke borrows a man’s phone and calls a friend whom she begs to go to her house and retrieve a letter she has left for her husband that she does not want him to read.
Elated that her problem is now solved Brooke offers to go to Nick’s friend’s wedding and pretend to be his girlfriend in front of his ex, Hannah. At the reception Nick sees Hannah but after being introduced to her new boyfriend he leaves abruptly. Outside Nick tells Brooke that he hadn’t seen Hannah in six years since he went to propose to her and she broke up with him.
At Brooke’s insistence, Nick goes back to speak to Hannah to see if he still has a shot with her. Instead he discovers that she’s pregnant and that he has no chance with her. Wandering around the city the two find a psychic who is still open. After he reads her future he allows Brooke to use her phone where her friend tells her that she was unable to get into her home and retrieve the letter.
Before We Go
Directed by: Chris Evans
Starring: Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Scott Evans, Emma Fitzpatrick, Maria Breyman, Beth Katehis, Mark Kassen, Turhan Çaylak
Screenplay by: Ronald Bass, Chris Shafer
Production Design by: Theresa Guleserian
Cinematography by: John Guleserian
Film Editing by: John Axelrad
Costume Design by: Anney Perrine
Set Decoration by: Daniel R. Kersting
Music by: Chris Westlake
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some suggestive content.
Release Date: September 4, 2015