Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

2019, PG-13, 135 min. Directed by David Leitch. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren, Eddie Marsan, Roman Reigns.

REVIEWED By Matthew Monagle, Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

There are 99 combined years between Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson, but you wouldn’t know it to see their Fast and the Furious characters. This franchise has always worked in service of the athleticism of its leads; unfortunately, it is this very ethos that Hobbs & Shaw, the new spin-off from the blockbuster series, has taken to a little bit of an extreme.

When they’re not busy saving the world, ex-Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and former British special forces officer Deckard Shaw (Statham) lead two very different lives. This changes when the CIA recruits both men to find Hattie (Kirby), a rogue MI6 agent who disappears with a deadly supervirus and a cybernetic supersoldier (Elba) hot on her heels. Now the soldier and the spy must learn to work together  –  or at least make a conscious effort to shoot around each other  –  as they face off against a secret futurist society with a penchant for global genocide.

Ever since the franchise brought Michelle Rodriguez’s character back from the dead, the Fast and the Furious movies have existed in a narrative limbo. Death holds no sway in this universe; characters are never subtracted, only added, and their inevitable drift toward broad heroism often dulls any sharp edges they once possessed. What direction can you offer as a franchise when your only narrative drive is to showcase all your recognizable names? This is The Expendables with a younger cast and an A-list pedigree.

This film’s best addition to the franchise is Elba as Brixton, a proto-cyborg who has given himself entirely over to the cult’s cause. While Elba may never be given the opportunity to play Bond, here he offers his best possible take on a classic Bond villain as an ideologue who is all too happy to show off his increased strength and reaction speeds. My biggest concern going into the film was that Elba would prove to be more interesting  – and more deserving of his screen time  –  than either of the male leads, and indeed Brixton often feels like the lead in a far more exciting action movie.

Granted, there are fun ideas present throughout Hobbs & Shaw. The film’s memorable opening montage that shows both characters’ morning routines on split-screen; one of the film’s final brawls also requires characters to take a punch to deliver a blow, an inspired subversion of both characters’ aura of invulnerability that still could have been played to better dramatic effect. When director David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) eases up a bit on the self-satisfied action beats  – Hobbs and Shaw spent almost every fight sequence jockeying for literal or metaphorical position  – the film finds exciting ways to lean into Johnson’s larger-than-life physique.

But if you’re a billion-dollar movie franchise being slowly subsumed by Johnson’s genial-dad schtick, isn’t this the place to take some risks? To offer something outside the family-first formula of the broader franchise? When your movie is more concerned with resolving two sets of sibling conflict than delivering a satisfying final fight, one has to wonder why this had to be a Fast and the Furious spin-off at all.

Showtimes

Wed., Aug. 21

11:55am, 3:15, 6:35, 9:55

Fri., Aug. 23

12:15, 3:35, 6:55, 10:15

Sat., Aug. 24

11:45am, 3:35, 6:55, 10:15

Sun., Aug. 25

11:45am, 3:35, 6:55, 10:15

Mon., Aug. 26

11:55am, 3:15, 6:35, 9:55

Tue., Aug. 27

3:15, 6:35, 9:55
AFA 11:55am

Fri., Aug. 23

11:30am, 2:50, 6:05, 9:45

Sat., Aug. 24

12:05, 4:05, 6:35, 10:00

Sun., Aug. 25

12:45, 4:05, 7:35, 9:20

Mon., Aug. 26

12:40, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Tue., Aug. 27

2:40, 6:00
AFA 12:40

Wed., Aug. 21

1:00, 3:00, 6:30, 8:50

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., Aug. 21

CC/DVS, IMAX 12:10, 3:20, 6:30

Fri., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 2:50, 9:00
CC/DVS, IMAX 12:10, 3:30, 6:30, 10:00

Sat., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 2:50, 9:00
CC/DVS, IMAX 12:10, 3:30, 6:30, 10:00

Sun., Aug. 25

CC/DVS 2:50
CC/DVS, IMAX 12:10, 3:30, 6:30

Mon., Aug. 26

CC/DVS 2:50
CC/DVS, IMAX 12:10, 3:30, 6:30

Tue., Aug. 27

CC/DVS 2:50
CC/DVS, IMAX 12:10, 3:30, 6:30

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.

Fri., Aug. 23

12:25, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25
digital 12:25, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25

Sat., Aug. 24

12:25, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25
digital 12:25, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25

Sun., Aug. 25

12:25, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25
digital 12:25, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25

Mon., Aug. 26

12:25, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25
digital 12:25, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25

Tue., Aug. 27

12:25, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25
digital 12:25, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25

Cinemark Cedar Park

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

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Wed., Aug. 21

digital 12:20, 3:50, 7:00, 10:15

Thu., Aug. 22

digital 12:20, 3:50, 7:00, 10:15

Fri., Aug. 23

digital 12:40, 3:50, 7:00, 10:10

Sat., Aug. 24

digital 9:30am, 12:40, 3:50, 7:00, 10:10

Sun., Aug. 25

digital 9:30am, 12:40, 3:50, 7:00, 10:10

Mon., Aug. 26

digital 12:40, 3:50, 7:00, 10:10

Tue., Aug. 27

digital 12:40, 3:50, 7:00, 10:10

Wed., Aug. 21

digital 11:45am, 3:05, 6:15, 9:30

Thu., Aug. 22

digital 11:45am, 3:05, 6:15, 9:30

Fri., Aug. 23

digital 9:55am, 1:05, 4:15, 7:25, 10:35

Sat., Aug. 24

digital 9:55am, 1:05, 4:15, 7:25, 10:35

Sun., Aug. 25

digital 9:55am, 1:05, 4:15, 7:25, 10:35

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., Aug. 21

digital 12:35, 3:50, 7:00, 10:15

Thu., Aug. 22

digital 12:35, 3:50, 7:00, 10:15

Fri., Aug. 23

digital 12:40, 3:55, 7:10, 10:25

Sat., Aug. 24

digital 12:40, 3:55, 7:10, 10:25

Sun., Aug. 25

digital 12:40, 3:55, 7:10, 10:25

Mon., Aug. 26

digital 12:40, 3:55, 7:10, 10:25

Tue., Aug. 27

digital 12:40, 3:55, 7:10, 10:25

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., Aug. 21

digital 12:40, 3:55, 7:30, 10:35

Thu., Aug. 22

digital 12:40, 3:55, 7:00, 10:05

Fri., Aug. 23

digital 12:40, 3:45, 6:50, 10:05

Sat., Aug. 24

digital 12:40, 3:45, 6:50, 10:05

Sun., Aug. 25

digital 12:40, 3:45, 6:50, 10:05

Mon., Aug. 26

digital 12:40, 3:45, 6:50, 10:05

Tue., Aug. 27

digital 12:40, 3:45, 6:50, 10:05

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

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

Wed., Aug. 21

digital 12:50, 4:30, 8:00

Fri., Aug. 23

digital 12:00, 3:10, 6:30, 9:45

Sat., Aug. 24

digital 11:00am, 3:10, 6:30, 9:45

Sun., Aug. 25

digital 11:00am, 3:10, 6:15, 9:25

Mon., Aug. 26

digital 12:30, 4:30, 8:00

City Lights Theatre

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

Wed., Aug. 21

12:35, 3:40, 6:50, 10:00

Thu., Aug. 22

12:35, 3:45, 6:50, 10:00

Fri., Aug. 23

9:30am, 12:35, 3:40, 6:50, 10:05

Sat., Aug. 24

9:30am, 12:35, 3:40, 6:50, 10:05

Sun., Aug. 25

12:35, 3:40, 6:50, 10:05

Mon., Aug. 26

12:35, 3:40, 6:50, 10:05

Tue., Aug. 27

12:35, 3:40, 6:50, 10:05

EVO Entertainment

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

Fri., Aug. 23

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

Sat., Aug. 24

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

Sun., Aug. 25

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

Mon., Aug. 26

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

Tue., Aug. 27

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

Flix Brewhouse

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

Wed., Aug. 21

8:00, 9:30

Thu., Aug. 22

12:30, 3:30, 9:00

Fri., Aug. 23

1:30, 5:30, 10:15

Sat., Aug. 24

1:00, 5:30, 7:00, 10:15

Sun., Aug. 25

1:30, 5:30, 7:00, 10:15

Mon., Aug. 26

2:10, 5:30, 8:50

Tue., Aug. 27

1:25, 4:50, 8:00

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., Aug. 21

CC 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Thu., Aug. 22

CC 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Fri., Aug. 23

CC 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Sat., Aug. 24

CC 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Sun., Aug. 25

CC 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Mon., Aug. 26

CC 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

Tue., Aug. 27

CC 11:20am, 2:40, 6:00, 9:20

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., Aug. 21

CC/DVS 12:20, 3:30, 7:00, 10:10

Thu., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 12:20, 3:30, 7:00, 10:10

Fri., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:50, 7:10, 10:10

Sat., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:50, 7:10, 10:10

Sun., Aug. 25

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:50, 7:10, 10:10

Mon., Aug. 26

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:50, 7:10, 10:10

Tue., Aug. 27

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:50, 7:10, 10:10

Hometown Cinemas

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

Wed., Aug. 21

10:30am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00

Thu., Aug. 22

10:30am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00

Fri., Aug. 23

10:30am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:50

Sat., Aug. 24

10:30am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:50

Sun., Aug. 25

10:30am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00

Mon., Aug. 26

10:30am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00

Tue., Aug. 27

10:30am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00

iPic Theaters Austin

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

Wed., Aug. 21

1:30, 2:35, 6:00, 9:15

Fri., Aug. 23

11:15am, 2:45, 6:15, 9:45

Sat., Aug. 24

11:15am, 2:45, 6:15, 9:45

Sun., Aug. 25

11:15am, 2:45, 6:15, 9:45

Mon., Aug. 26

11:15am, 2:45, 6:15, 9:45

Tue., Aug. 27

11:15am, 2:45, 6:15, 9:45

AMC Lakeline 9

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

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Wed., Aug. 21

CC/DVS 1:15, 4:15, 7:15

Thu., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 1:15, 4:15, 7:15

Fri., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:00, 7:15, 10:15

Sat., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:00, 7:15, 10:15

Sun., Aug. 25

CC/DVS 12:45, 4:00, 7:15

Mon., Aug. 26

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:00, 7:15

Tue., Aug. 27

CC/DVS 1:30, 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.

Wed., Aug. 21

CC/DVS 12:40, 4:00, 7:15, 10:30

Thu., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 12:40, 4:00, 7:15, 10:30

Fri., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:10

Sat., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:10

Sun., Aug. 25

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:10

Mon., Aug. 26

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:10

Tue., Aug. 27

CC/DVS 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:10

Moviehouse & Eatery

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

Wed., Aug. 21

12:00, 3:15, 8:45

Thu., Aug. 22

12:00, 3:30, 7:00

Fri., Aug. 23

11:30am, 4:05, 7:30, 9:45

Sat., Aug. 24

11:30am, 4:05, 7:30, 9:45

Sun., Aug. 25

11:30am, 4:05, 7:30, 9:45

Mon., Aug. 26

11:45am, 4:05, 7:30, 9:45

Tue., Aug. 27

11:45am, 4:05, 7:30, 9:45

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

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

Wed., Aug. 21

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 10:00

Thu., Aug. 22

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

Fri., Aug. 23

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 10:15

Sat., Aug. 24

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 10:15

Sun., Aug. 25

11:00am, 2:30, 6:00, 10:15

Mon., Aug. 26

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

Tue., Aug. 27

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

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

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

Wed., Aug. 21

9:50am, 1:05, 4:20, 7:35, 10:45

Thu., Aug. 22

9:50am, 1:00, 4:15, 7:25, 10:50

Fri., Aug. 23

9:50am, 1:00, 4:15, 7:25, 10:50

Sat., Aug. 24

9:50am, 1:00, 4:15, 7:25, 10:50

Sun., Aug. 25

9:50am, 1:00, 4:15, 7:25, 10:50

Mon., Aug. 26

9:50am, 1:00, 4:15, 7:25, 10:50

Tue., Aug. 27

9:50am, 1:00, 4:15, 7:25, 10:50

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Wed., Aug. 21

1:40, 3:50, 6:40

Thu., Aug. 22

1:40, 3:50, 6:40

Fri., Aug. 23

11:20am, 1:40, 4:20, 6:50, 9:30

Sat., Aug. 24

11:20am, 1:40, 4:20, 6:50, 9:30

Sun., Aug. 25

11:25am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:20

Mon., Aug. 26

1:40, 4:20, 6:50

Tue., Aug. 27

1:40, 4:20, 6:50

Sky Cinemas

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

Wed., Aug. 21

12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:50

Wed., Aug. 21

12:00, 1:45, 4:00, 7:45, 10:30

Fri., Aug. 23

11:45am, 3:30, 7:00, 9:45

Sat., Aug. 24

11:45am, 3:30, 7:00, 9:45

Sun., Aug. 25

11:45am, 3:30, 6:45, 9:45

Mon., Aug. 26

11:45am, 3:30, 7:00, 9:45

Tue., Aug. 27

11:45am, 3:30, 7:00, 9:45

Starplex 12 San Marcos

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

Wed., Aug. 21

12:30, 3:45, 7:10, 10:30

Thu., Aug. 22

12:30, 3:45, 7:10, 10:30

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., Aug. 21

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:20, 7:15, 9:25

Thu., Aug. 22

CC/DVS 12:15, 3:20, 7:15, 9:25

Fri., Aug. 23

CC/DVS 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Sat., Aug. 24

CC/DVS 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Sun., Aug. 25

CC/DVS 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Mon., Aug. 26

CC/DVS 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Tue., Aug. 27

CC/DVS 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

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