INFINITE (2021) Reviews of Mark Wahlberg sci-fi action thriller

 

Infinite is a 2021 American science-fiction action thriller film about a troubled man who discovers he has been reincarnated multiple times. He then joins the ranks of a secret group of other “Infinites” out to save the world.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Guilty; The Equalizer and sequel; Olympus Has Fallen; Training Day; The Replacement Killers) from a screenplay written by Ian Shorr and a screen story by Todd Stein, based on the book The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz

The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Cookson, Jason Mantzoukas, Rupert Friend, Liz Carr, Toby Jones and Dylan O’Brien.

Plot:

Evan McCauley (Mark Wahlberg) is a self-medicated man diagnosed as schizophrenic because he’s plagued by memories of places he’s never visited. Just as he’s on the verge of a mental breakdown, Evan is visited by the Infinites, a secret society who informs him that not only are his memories real, but they are from all his past lives.

The Infinites take Evan into their fold and help him unlock the answers to his memories. Together, they must stop one of their own, Bathurst (Chiwetel Ejiofor) from his mission to destroy humanity…

[May contain spoilers] Reviews:

“The whole experience would be a disaster without director Antoine Fuqua’s assured capabilities […] Infinite never escapes the tiredness of its by-the-numbers mechanics. The film performs a major disservice to its intriguing source material while rarely offering a reason for audiences to invest in its universe.” BRWC

“The idea behind Infinite lends itself to standard action fare, but someone like Fuqua seems like the capable type to make something out of nothing.  Everything on hand here feels lazy.  An uninspired script, unhinged performances, and a genuine lack of investment.” CRP Writes

” …the ideas here have been done to death many times before and the action plunges into the realm of the ridiculous—such as one scene in which Wahlberg leaps mid-air from a motorcycle off a cliff and onto the wing of an airplane—without, say, the winking self-awareness of the Fast and Furious movies. Everything here is portentous, heavy-handed, and listless, with the movie literally dragging itself through its bloated 106 minutes.” Den of Geek

” …the interweaving of the two narratives comes together in a satisfying way that you’ll ultimately forgive the narrative focus. Even the little things, like an overreliance on voice-over or slomo, implying a need to get to the action quickly and then dazzle with that as long as possible over a compelling story, bother, but not enough where you feel like you wasted your time.” Elements of Madness

“There’s nothing wrong with silly, even mindless action movies. There exists a whole slew of ’em that are an absolute blast to watch. But they get by on their entertainment value. There’s nothing entertaining about Infinite. […] Send this one to digital purgatory where it belongs.” /Film

“Nothing about this fictional world will strike anyone as worth diving into more; the story is a combination of straightforward and straight-up confusing, the ending message is full of cringe, and not even crazy conditions during a thrilling climactic fight is enough to make one forget about the early going ill-advised approach to discussing mental health.” Flickering Myth

Infinite is basically 2020’s The Old Guard meets Cloud Atlas, with a plot structure very similar to the Vin Diesel vehicle, Bloodshot. It’s trying to be The Matrix with its convoluted narrative and excessive slow-motion. We have seen everything here before […] Infinite will appeal to fans of Wahlberg and nonsensical action, while everyone else needn’t bother.” Josh at the Movies

” …the tiresome voice-over from Mark Wahlberg – who offers a good performance just as the rest of the cast – holds heavy exposition that’s then repeated in dialogues across the movie, stretching the runtime unnecessarily […] As it is, Infinite is nothing more than an inoffensively entertaining flick that could have been much, much better.” MSB Reviews

“I almost want to recommend the film for its bonkers and legendary climax, though it’ll probably end up plastered on social media because casual viewers aren’t prepared for what’s coming and they’ll want to share it with the world. When that day comes, check it out, but as an overall cinematic experience “Infinite” quickly runs out of lives and your time is more valuable than traversing down this rabbit hole.” The Only Critic

” …Infinite would’ve felt mediocre on the big screen where expectations, both visually and narratively, are a bit higher. But in the comfort of your home, Infinite is an exciting diversion but hardly the kind of film you’ll want to live through again and again.” Punch Drunk Critics

“For those looking for an intriguing sci-fi story with solid action, Infinite will fit the bill. However, for those aiming to go a little deeper, it won’t quite satisfy. But sometimes all one needs is a fun popcorn movie to fill a summer night. Infinite can definitely do that.” Screen Rant

“As pure visual spectacle, Infinite similarly fails, bombarding its audience with cut-rate CGI effects that reduce the film’s action sequences to a mess of digital sludge […} Lifelessly directed by Antoine Fuqua, Infinite’s only sense of artistic inspiration seems to come from continually aping The Matrix, from Evan’s early interrogation room showdown with the Agent Smith-like Bathurst to copious uses of the worn-out “bullet time” technique.” Slant

Release:

Infinite premieres on Paramount+ on June 10th 2021.

Cast and characters:

Mark Wahlberg … Evan Michaels
Sophie Cookson
Dylan O’Brien … Heinrich Treadway
Jason Mantzoukas
Rupert Friend … Bathurst
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Toby Jones
Wallis Day … Shin
Tom Hughes … Abel
Kae Alexander … Trace
Liz Carr … Garrick
Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson … Kovic
Joana Ribeiro
Lili Rich … Actress
Raffiella Chapman … Jinya
Nabil Elouahabi … O-Dog
Alfredo Tavares … Croupier
Edison Ruíz … Helicopter Pilot
Amy Clare Beales … NYCP Fernandez
Mark Fleischmann … Weston
Lloyd Griffith … Chef Joe

Filming locations:

24 Newport Road, Cardiff. CF24 0DD (car stunt, Mercury Hotel)
Aldershot, England (NYPD Police Station)
Mexico (location)

Filming dates:

1st September 2019

Trailer:

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