Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

2018, PG-13, 147 min. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris.

REVIEWED By Josh Kupecki, Fri., July 27, 2018

Arriving just in the nick of time, the method favored by Tom Cruise and co., having honed it down to a dizzying science over the course of 20 years and six films, Mission: Impossible - Fallout is here to save you from the oppressive summer heat (well, for an afternoon, anyway). It’s also a relentlessly entertaining exercise in putting Cruise’s Ethan Hunt through his paces again. And again. And again. But hey, there’s much pleasure in watching him continually fall off things.

The popular espionage/action franchise has once again lit that iconic fuse on one the best entries into the series (and Cruise just broke his ankle this time, hopping across Parisian buildings, which to any normal person is equivalent to the occupational hazard of a co-worker swiping the last breakfast taco because you didn’t get there in time: an annoying inconvenience).

Writer/director McQuarrie’s second foray at the helm picks up directly after 2015’s Rogue Nation, and while most of these films operate on their own, this is a direct sequel (go ahead and count the mediocre Ghost Protocol, I dare you). Hunt and his team are after the Apostles, a terrorist group that formed in the vacuum of the capture of British spy-turned-anarchist Solomon Lane (Harris). The group is trying to get their hands on three plutonium cores to fashion nuclear bombs, targeting the religious holy sites of the Vatican City, Mecca, and Jerusalem. They strive for a new world order, but one wonders what that exactly looks like insofar as, you know, the day to day. It’s not really explained, mostly described with this bon mot that “the greater the suffering, the greater the peace,” or something along those lines (I just want to know my anarchic health care options). A deal gone wrong concerning said plutonium cores opens the film, with Hunt having to decide between securing the radioactive element or saving trusty team member Luther (Rhames). He chooses the latter, which becomes one of the main through lines in the film, a theme involving the hard choice of saving one life over many, and much discussion, albeit all incredibly opaque, as to what is the better course of action, ensues. You better believe the film has it both ways.

Joining Hunt, Luther, now-seasoned field agent Benji Dunn (Pegg, comic relief revealing itself in its final form), and Ilsa Faust (Ferguson, in a very welcome reprisal to her MI6 agent), is CIA agent August Walker (Cavill), assigned into the team as a watchdog, and to make sure things don’t go sideways. Well, they do: They go sideways in Paris, they go sideways in London, and they go sideways basically every 20 minutes or so. McQuarrie distills those overbearing plot machinations down as much as he can to good effect, but it is greatly assisted by Rob Hardy’s fluid and kinetic cinematography. There are set-pieces in this film, especially the last 30 minutes, that set the bar for big-budget, rich-people-entertaining-you-with-their-own-stunts spectacle. Add to that the fact that no one in the film menacingly asked “Where’s the disk?” and you have a winner here.

Showtimes

Mon., Aug. 20

10:55am, 2:25, 6:15, 10:05

Tue., Aug. 21

10:55am, 2:25, 6:15, 10:05

Wed., Aug. 22

10:55am, 2:25, 6:15, 10:05

Thu., Aug. 23

10:55am, 2:25, 6:15, 10:15

Mon., Aug. 20

12:15, 3:50, 6:35, 10:20

Tue., Aug. 21

3:05, 6:35, 10:05
AFA 12:10

Wed., Aug. 22

12:30, 4:10, 6:30, 10:00

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., Aug. 20

11:15am, 2:40, 6:20, 10:00

Tue., Aug. 21

2:40, 6:20, 10:00
AFA 11:50am

Wed., Aug. 22

11:15am, 2:50, 6:20, 10:00

Mon., Aug. 20

11:50am, 3:25, 6:45, 9:40

Tue., Aug. 21

2:55, 6:50, 8:50
AFA 1:30

Wed., Aug. 22

11:25am, 2:55, 6:15, 9:10

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson, 512/861-7030, drafthouse.com

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., Aug. 20

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:35

Tue., Aug. 21

2:30, 6:00, 9:35
AFA 11:00am

Wed., Aug. 22

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:35

Thu., Aug. 23

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 9:35

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.

Mon., Aug. 20

11:10am, 2:50, 6:40
CC/DVS 11:10am, 2:50, 6:40

Tue., Aug. 21

11:10am, 2:50, 6:40
CC/DVS 11:10am, 2:50, 6:40

Wed., Aug. 22

11:10am, 2:50, 6:40
CC/DVS 11:10am, 2:50, 6:40

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.

Mon., Aug. 20

digital 11:55am, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30
digital, luxury lounger 11:55am, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30

Tue., Aug. 21

digital 11:55am, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30
digital, luxury lounger 11:55am, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30

Wed., Aug. 22

digital 11:55am, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30
digital, luxury lounger 11:55am, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30

Cinemark Cedar Park

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

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Mon., Aug. 20

digital 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:30

Tue., Aug. 21

digital 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:30

Wed., Aug. 22

digital 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:30

Thu., Aug. 23

digital 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:30

Mon., Aug. 20

digital 11:45am, 3:10, 6:45, 10:15
digital, luxury lounger 11:45am, 3:10, 6:45, 10:15

Tue., Aug. 21

digital 11:45am, 3:10, 6:45, 10:15
digital, luxury lounger 11:45am, 3:10, 6:45, 10:15

Wed., Aug. 22

digital 11:45am, 3:10, 6:45, 10:15
digital, luxury lounger 11:45am, 3:10, 6:45, 10:15

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.

Mon., Aug. 20

digital 12:00, 3:40, 7:05, 10:30
digital, luxury lounger 12:00, 3:40, 7:05, 10:30

Tue., Aug. 21

digital 12:00, 3:40, 7:05, 10:30
digital, luxury lounger 12:00, 3:40, 7:05, 10:30

Wed., Aug. 22

digital 12:00, 3:40, 7:05, 10:30
digital, luxury lounger 12:00, 3:40, 7:05, 10:30

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

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

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

Mon., Aug. 20

digital 11:50am, 3:10, 6:40, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 11:50am, 3:10, 6:40, 9:55

Tue., Aug. 21

digital 11:50am, 3:10, 6:40, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 11:50am, 3:10, 6:40, 9:55

Wed., Aug. 22

digital 11:50am, 3:10, 6:40, 9:55
digital, luxury lounger 11:50am, 3:10, 6:40, 9:55

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

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

Tue., Aug. 21

digital 12:45, 4:45, 8:20

Wed., Aug. 22

digital 12:45, 4:45, 8:20

Thu., Aug. 23

digital 12:45, 4:45, 8:20

City Lights Theatre

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

Mon., Aug. 20

2:30, 6:40, 9:55

Tue., Aug. 21

2:30, 6:40, 9:55

Wed., Aug. 22

2:30, 6:40, 9:55

EVO Entertainment

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

Mon., Aug. 20

12:10, 3:25, 6:45, 10:00

Tue., Aug. 21

12:10, 3:25, 6:45, 10:00

Wed., Aug. 22

12:10, 3:25, 6:45, 10:00

Flix Brewhouse

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

Mon., Aug. 20

CC 12:45, 1:45, 5:30, 9:15

Tue., Aug. 21

CC 12:45, 1:45, 5:30, 9:15

Wed., Aug. 22

CC 12:30, 1:50, 5:30, 9:00

Thu., Aug. 23

CC 12:45, 1:45, 5:30, 9:15

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.

Mon., Aug. 20

ClosedCapDescListenHINO PASS 12:05, 3:25, 6:45, 9:55

Tue., Aug. 21

ClosedCapDescListenHINO PASS 12:05, 3:25, 6:45, 9:55

Wed., Aug. 22

ClosedCapDescListenHINO PASS 3:25, 9:55

Thu., Aug. 23

ClosedCapDescListenHINO PASS 12:05, 3:25, 6:45, 9:55

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.

Mon., Aug. 20

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

Tue., Aug. 21

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

Wed., Aug. 22

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

Hometown Cinemas

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

Mon., Aug. 20

12:00, 3:15, 6:45

Tue., Aug. 21

12:00, 3:15, 6:45

Wed., Aug. 22

12:00, 3:15, 6:45

Thu., Aug. 23

12:00, 3:15, 6:45

iPic Theaters Austin

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

Mon., Aug. 20

11:00am, 2:35, 6:15, 10:00

Tue., Aug. 21

11:00am, 2:35, 6:15, 10:00

Wed., Aug. 22

11:00am, 2:35, 6:15, 10:00

AMC Lakeline 9

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

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Mon., Aug. 20

12:20, 4:00, 7:15
CC/DVS 12:20, 4:00, 7:15

Tue., Aug. 21

12:20, 4:00, 7:15
CC/DVS 12:20, 4:00, 7:15

Wed., Aug. 22

12:20, 4:00, 7:15
CC/DVS 12:20, 4:00, 7:15

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.

Mon., Aug. 20

CC/DVS 11:50am, 3:10, 6:30, 9:55

Tue., Aug. 21

CC/DVS 11:50am, 3:10, 6:30, 9:55

Wed., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 11:50am, 3:10, 6:30, 9:55

Thu., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 11:50am, 3:10, 6:30, 9:55

Moviehouse & Eatery

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

Mon., Aug. 20

Reserved Seating 10:30am, 1:55, 2:15, 6:00, 8:35, 9:45

Tue., Aug. 21

Reserved Seating 10:30am, 1:55, 2:15, 6:00, 8:35, 9:45

Wed., Aug. 22

Reserved Seating 10:30am, 1:55, 2:15, 6:00, 8:35, 9:45

Thu., Aug. 23

Reserved Seating 10:30am, 1:55, 2:15, 6:00, 8:35, 9:45

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Mon., Aug. 20

Reserved Seating 11:00am, 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 7:00, 9:45

Tue., Aug. 21

Reserved Seating 11:00am, 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 7:00, 9:45

Wed., Aug. 22

Reserved Seating 11:00am, 11:45am, 2:45, 6:00, 7:00, 9:45

Thu., Aug. 23

Reserved Seating 11:00am, 12:00, 2:45, 7:00, 9:45

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

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

Mon., Aug. 20

6:30, 10:05

Tue., Aug. 21

6:30, 10:05

Wed., Aug. 22

6:30, 10:05

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Mon., Aug. 20

6:40
3-D 2:50

Tue., Aug. 21

6:40
3-D 2:50

Wed., Aug. 22

6:40
3-D 2:50

Thu., Aug. 23

6:40
3-D 2:50

Sky Cinemas

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

Mon., Aug. 20

11:45am, 1:50, 3:00, 6:15, 8:50

Tue., Aug. 21

11:45am, 1:50, 3:00, 6:15, 8:50

Wed., Aug. 22

11:45am, 1:50, 3:00, 6:15, 8:50

Thu., Aug. 23

11:45am, 1:50, 3:00, 6:15, 8:50

Mon., Aug. 20

12:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:25

Tue., Aug. 21

12:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:25

Wed., Aug. 22

12:00, 3:40, 7:10, 10:00

Starplex 12 San Marcos

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

Mon., Aug. 20

12:00, 3:20, 6:40, 10:00

Tue., Aug. 21

12:00, 3:20, 6:40, 10:00

Wed., Aug. 22

12:00, 3:20, 6:40, 10:00

Thu., Aug. 23

12:00, 3:20, 6:40, 10:00

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.

Mon., Aug. 20

CC/DVS 12:00, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30

Tue., Aug. 21

CC/DVS 12:00, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30

Wed., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 12:00, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30

Thu., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 12:00, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30

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