Infinite Review: Mark Wahlberg & Dylan O’Brien Need a Role Reversal in Reincarnation Thriller
Director Antoine Fuqua and Mark Wahlberg tackle reincarnation in an absurdly plotted, but spectacular action movie. Infinite tells the story of a few who remember their previous lives when they are born again. “Believers” embrace this gift and seek to improve humanity. “Nihilists” consider it a curse and resort to drastic means to embrace death. Based on the novel “The Reincarnationist Papers” by D. Eric Maikranz, Infinite it has an intriguing setup that is spoiled by a poorly written script. The movie also has a setting where two main actors should have switched roles. A lead role change would have improved the cast’s narrative and chemistry.
Infinite opens with a spectacular car chase in Mexico City. Its deadly results have serious ramifications for the future. Decades later in present-day New York City, Evan McCauley (Mark Wahlberg) is a severe schizophrenic struggling to find work. Your only source of relief for severe hallucinations and nightmares is powerful antipsychotic medications. McCauley supports himself by making Japanese katana swords. He was never trained as a blacksmith or in metallurgy. But somehow you can create and use these exquisite weapons.
McCauley is arrested after trying to secure his medication. He is questioned at a New York police station by a terrifying man. Bathurst (Chiwetel Ejiofor) places various objects before him. He threatens McCauley with a game of Russian roulette. Identify what belonged to him in a past life or die. McCauley is impressively rescued by a mysterious woman (Sophie Cookson) in an armored supercar. As you struggle to understand the scope of what is happening, your savior has a fundamental question. Are you the reincarnation of Heinrich Treadway (Dylan o’brien)?
Infinite has some similarities with Matrix. A calm and troubled man can be a new version of the greatest warrior that ever lived. The characters also have clever names like “The Artisan”. If only the script was so detailed and well executed. infinite jumps from scene to scene with little connectivity. Bad guys appear out of nowhere at all times. They find secret locations in seconds that have supposedly been hidden for years. Then you have the ridiculous machinations of the villain that end the world. Chiwetel Ejiofor, a tremendous actor, looks cartoonish. He’s surrounded by fashion model henchmen who specialize in teasing. I found myself laughing out loud at various scenes. That is not a desired or expected reaction.
Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) is a skilled action manager and continues that trend here. Solid action throughout rescues the film from its failures. Vehicle chases are forceful and fierce. Shootouts and swordplay are equally well done. Infinite it is loaded with duels between deadly adversaries. They face each other in very cinematic locations. Standout scenes in a crane and crashed plane provide big-budget goods. The movie can be enjoyed through pure action.
Dylan O’Brien and Mark Wahlberg needed to reverse roles. In the context of the story, it makes more sense for a younger, more dynamic actor to play Evan McCauley. Wahlberg, older and an established action product, would have been credible like Heinrich Treadway. O’Brien packs a punch with limited screen time. Anyone who has seen American assassin You know you have the skills to pull off an action blockbuster. On several fronts the opportunity for a better picture was lost. Infinite It is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Closest to the Hole Productions and New Republic Pictures. It will be released on June 10 exclusively on Paramount +.
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