Before We Go (DVD): Review

Film

Two strangers, Nick (Chris Evans, who also directs) and Brooke (Alice Eve) have a chance meeting in Manhattan, as their paths cross. They are both stuck in the city for the night. Each has some huge life decision they are pondering, and as the night progresses, they become each others trusted confidants.

Alice with her marital problems, needs to get home by morning. Nick, with ex-girlfriend problems, is hiding out trying to avoid the fact that after several years, this one that got away is now back in town.

Before We Go is a drama, about life and love. There is a romantic aspect to the story, and it’s not just between the two strangers who’s lives now laid bare to each other. As the night progresses though, each does learn several lessons, and truths, from the other.

While the film is also billed as a comedy, this is by no means a laugh a minute story. More like an awkward chuckle as Nick is being a gentleman, trying to help Brooke. That being said, there are a fair share of humorous scenes. Timed just right so as to quash the tension between the main characters, and the awkward feeling one gets watching the two.

With a story that doesn’t carry a plethora of plot twists, and is relatively easy to follow, the task now shifts to the actors to carry the weight of the film, and that they do. With multi-layered performances from both Evans and Eve, this tale of requited love is brought to life.

Before We Go, a story of reflection, that will leave a viewer pondering their own life and love, and how a few small decisions eventually lead one to a great journey in life. A film to be enjoyed with those you love.

Disc

Before We Go is available now, for purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

The video is encoded at a high bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. The image is crisp and stable, despite the entire film taking place at night. Blacks are deep and rich, and colours are vibrant (even given the slightly dulled tones of the film).

Audio

Audio is presented in a choice of 2.0 or 5.1 mixes. It is encoded at a decent bitrate, providing clear dialogue. While the story does not lend itself to much use of the surround channels, these do serve to expand the on-screen world, and further draw the viewer into the story. The 5.1 mix provides very clear dialogue from the centre channel.

Navigation

Navigation is basic, and static, but very easy to follow.

Bonus Features

There are unfortunately no bonus features on the disc, save for some previews for Room, Sleeping With Other People and Vir Altyd.

Published by Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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