Breaking In

Breaking In

2018, PG-13, 88 min. Directed by James McTeigue. Starring Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral, Ajiona Alexus, Seth Carr, Levi Meaden, Mark Furze, Jason George.

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., May 18, 2018

Mamma Mia! One day a self-sacrificing Joan Crawford is taking the rap for her bratty daughter in the melodramatic film noir Mildred Pierce, the next Faye Dunaway is channeling her as she hysterically swats yet another bratty daughter with a coat hanger in the jaw-dropping Mommie Dearest. More often than not, today’s movie mom takes her cue from Sigourney Weaver’s ferocious lioness in Aliens, a force of nature who’ll stop at nothing to protect her cubs. In the better-than-expected home invasion thriller Breaking In, a plucky Gabrielle Union (who also co-produced the film) plays an ordinary mom faced with the unimaginable task of rescuing her two children from a crew of burglars holding them hostage in her late father’s isolated lake house. With more than a passing nod to the far classier Panic Room, this derivative seat-squirmer has a few good moments in spite of Johnny Klimick’s annoying score, its energy powered by the raw determination of its Mother Courage. Union’s Shaun Russell may not possess the superhuman powers of Wonder Woman, but she’s a formidable adversary nonetheless, a fearsome warrior armed with a fierce maternal instinct serving as both a weapon and a shield.

Like other movies of the kind, improbabilities litter the screenplay written by currently hot genre-meister Ryan Engle (The Commuter, Non-Stop), yet they don’t spoil the fun to the point of distraction. (But don’t get me started on the “What about the cell phone?” question.) The movie wastes little time on exposition before the action starts, the only meaningful piece of information imparted beforehand being the hit-and-run murder of Shaun’s father, a wealthy man under investigation by the Chicago D.A. for some unknown criminal activity. A secluded getaway in the Wisconsin woods is a manifestation of the dead man’s fear and paranoia while alive, a tricked-out fortress of surveillance cameras, motion detectors, electronic deadbolts, bulletproof glass, and motorized window coverings that make the house a near impenetrable bastion. The most gratifying moments in the film come when an on-the-outside-looking-in Shaun uses this technology to turn the tables on the bad guys in pursuit of a safe full of money, messing with them much in the way a cat toys with a mouse before she pounces.

The intruders are a mixed bag, criminally speaking, physically and characteristically distinguishable from each other so you don’t get confused about the degree to which you’re supposed to dislike each of them. As the mastermind of the botched burglary, cool cucumber Billy Burke speaks most of his dialogue in sotto voce, first making condescending assessments about Shaun’s capability to fight for her children as if he were an expert on motherhood, and then later congratulating her for exceeding his expectations. But when this sexism turns uncomfortably sadistic in the movie’s home stretch, it becomes clear why all of these greedy men must pay for their avarice, in one way or another. Bring it on, sister, bring it on.

Showtimes

Wed., May 23

12:25, 2:25, 5:05, 8:10, 10:50

Thu., May 24

11:15am, 1:40, 4:20

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Wed., May 23

CC/DVS 10:50am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:50
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 10:50am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:50

Fri., May 25

CC/DVS 10:20

Sat., May 26

CC/DVS 10:20

Sun., May 27

CC/DVS 10:20

Mon., May 28

CC/DVS 10:20

Tue., May 29

CC/DVS 7:40

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Wed., May 23

digital 11:10am, 12:20, 1:35, 2:55, 4:05, 5:20, 6:35, 7:50, 9:05, 10:20
digital, luxury lounger 11:10am, 12:20, 1:35, 2:55, 4:05, 5:20, 6:35, 7:50, 9:05, 10:20

Fri., May 25

digital 9:35am, 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05

Sat., May 26

digital 9:35am, 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05

Sun., May 27

digital 9:35am, 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05

Mon., May 28

digital 9:35am, 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05

Tue., May 29

digital 9:35am, 12:10, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Wed., May 23

digital 12:10, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:10
digital, luxury lounger 12:10, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:10

Thu., May 24

digital 12:10, 2:30, 5:00

Wed., May 23

digital 12:25, 3:05, 5:35, 8:05, 10:30
digital, luxury lounger 12:25, 3:05, 5:35, 8:05, 10:30

Fri., May 25

digital 9:45am, 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 10:05

Sat., May 26

digital 9:40am, 6:55, 9:25

Sun., May 27

digital 9:40am, 6:55, 9:25

Mon., May 28

digital 10:15am, 12:40, 6:55, 9:25

Tue., May 29

digital 9:45am, 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 10:05

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Wed., May 23

digital 10:05am, 12:30, 3:05, 5:30, 8:00, 10:35
digital, luxury lounger 10:05am, 12:30, 3:05, 5:30, 8:00, 10:35

Thu., May 24

digital 10:05am, 12:30, 3:05, 5:30, 8:00, 10:35

Fri., May 25

digital 10:10am, 12:25, 6:05, 8:25, 10:50

Sat., May 26

digital 10:10am, 12:25, 6:05, 8:25, 10:50

Sun., May 27

digital 10:10am, 12:25, 6:05, 8:25, 10:50

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., May 23

digital 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05
digital, luxury lounger 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05

Fri., May 25

digital 2:40, 7:40

Sat., May 26

digital 9:40am, 7:40

Sun., May 27

digital 9:40am, 7:40

Mon., May 28

digital 9:40am, 7:40

Tue., May 29

digital 9:40am, 2:40, 7:40

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Wed., May 23

digital 12:00, 3:00, 6:30, 9:15

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Wed., May 23

1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 9:55

Thu., May 24

1:20, 4:15

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Wed., May 23

11:45am, 4:30, 10:20

Thu., May 24

12:55, 3:10, 5:30

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Wed., May 23

CC 1:45, 4:45, 8:00, 10:15

Thu., May 24

CC 1:45, 4:45

Sat., May 26

CC 10:00

Sun., May 27

CC 10:00

Mon., May 28

CC 10:00

Tue., May 29

CC 10:00

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Wed., May 23

ClosedCapDescListenHI 12:30, 2:35, 4:45, 7:00, 9:30

Thu., May 24

ClosedCapDescListenHI 12:30, 2:35, 4:45, 7:00, 9:30

Fri., May 25

ClosedCapDescListenHI 10:15am, 12:30, 2:35, 4:45, 7:00, 9:30

Sat., May 26

ClosedCapDescListenHI 10:15am, 12:30, 2:35, 4:45, 7:00, 9:30

Sun., May 27

ClosedCapDescListenHI 10:15am, 12:30, 2:35, 4:45, 7:00, 9:30

Mon., May 28

ClosedCapDescListenHI 12:30, 2:35, 4:45, 7:00, 9:30

Tue., May 29

ClosedCapDescListenHI 12:30, 2:35, 4:45, 7:00, 9:30

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., May 23

CC/DVS 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15

Fri., May 25

CC/DVS 10:10

Sat., May 26

CC/DVS 10:10

Sun., May 27

CC/DVS 10:10

Mon., May 28

CC/DVS 10:10

Tue., May 29

CC/DVS 10:10

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Wed., May 23

12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:30

Thu., May 24

12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:30, 9:45

Fri., May 25

2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:25

Sat., May 26

12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:25

Sun., May 27

12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:25

Mon., May 28

12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:25

Tue., May 29

12:05, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:25

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Wed., May 23

12:30, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45

Thu., May 24

1:25, 4:30

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Wed., May 23

CC/DVS 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 7:50

Fri., May 25

CC/DVS 9:45am, 12:45, 3:30, 6:00, 9:00

Sat., May 26

CC/DVS 3:30, 6:00, 9:00

Sun., May 27

CC/DVS 9:45am, 12:45, 3:30, 6:00, 9:00

Mon., May 28

CC/DVS 10:15am, 12:45, 3:20, 6:00

Tue., May 29

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:00, 4:20, 6:45

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., May 23

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15, 10:40

Thu., May 24

CC/DVS 12:00, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15, 10:40

Fri., May 25

CC/DVS 11:50am, 5:35, 8:15, 11:00

Sat., May 26

CC/DVS 11:50am, 5:35, 8:15, 11:00

Sun., May 27

CC/DVS 11:50am, 5:35, 8:15, 11:00

Mon., May 28

CC/DVS 11:50am, 5:35, 8:15, 11:00

Tue., May 29

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:10, 5:35, 8:15, 10:45

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

Wed., May 23

11:10am, 1:55, 8:00, 10:45

Thu., May 24

11:10am, 1:55

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Wed., May 23

11:00am, 1:50, 4:55, 7:50, 10:25

Thu., May 24

11:00am, 1:50, 4:55, 7:50, 10:25

Fri., May 25

6:30, 9:35

Sat., May 26

6:30, 9:35

Sun., May 27

6:30, 9:35

Mon., May 28

6:30, 9:35

Tue., May 29

6:30, 9:35

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Wed., May 23

1:45, 4:45, 7:10

Thu., May 24

2:20, 4:35

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Wed., May 23

2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30

Thu., May 24

2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Wed., May 23

12:45, 3:20, 5:45, 8:20, 10:45

Thu., May 24

12:45, 3:20, 5:45, 8:20, 10:45

Fri., May 25

12:45, 3:20, 5:45, 8:20, 10:45

Sat., May 26

12:45, 3:20, 5:45, 8:20, 10:45

Sun., May 27

12:45, 3:20, 5:45, 8:20, 10:45

Mon., May 28

12:45, 3:20, 5:45, 8:20, 10:45

Tue., May 29

12:45, 3:20, 5:45, 8:20, 10:45

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., May 23

CC/DVS 10:45am, 12:35, 2:50, 3:45, 6:00, 8:10, 10:20

Thu., May 24

CC/DVS 10:45am, 12:35, 2:50, 3:45, 6:00, 8:10

Fri., May 25

CC/DVS 4:35, 9:20

Sat., May 26

CC/DVS 4:35, 9:20

Sun., May 27

CC/DVS 4:05, 8:50

Mon., May 28

CC/DVS 4:35, 9:20

Tue., May 29

CC/DVS 10:20am, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10:00

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