Infinite review: Mark Wahlberg’s sci-fi adventure is a waste of good lives

There’s a lot of pedigree behind infinite, from sci-fi thriller training Day Director Antoine Fuqua casts two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg as a diagnosed schizophrenic who discovers that his hallucinations are actually memories of past lives and accumulated experiences.

The film pits Wahlberg’s character against a similarly reincarnated — but fully aware — villain played by an Oscar-nominated 12 years a Slave The star was produced by Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who famously shepherded both The Matrix and Transformers franchises on screen. The film’s concept is also very clever, with two factions of characters who use a wide range of abilities, expertise and wealth battling from their past lives across the world – one trying to protect humanity while the other. The other is trying to end his infinity. Reincarnation by eliminating all life on earth.

Preliminary report on the screenplay by screenwriter Ian Shore, adapted from the 2009 novel by D. Eric McCranz reincarnation papers, described the vibrancy of the film as “Wanted fulfills math questionCollectively, all of those elements set the bar fairly high. infinite, so it’s unfortunate that all those impressive qualities are wasted on a completely disappointing film.

chaos on character

From its opening scene, which features a wildly disastrous high-speed car chase that would have felt right at home in the Fast and Furious sequel or one of the aforementioned Transformers movies, infinite Seems intent on doing away with any overly cerebral aspects of its characters’ lore and moving on to the anti-physics, maximally carnage spectacle. We’re given a glimpse of the main characters’ most recent final moments, essentially superhero secret agents capable of pulling off incredible adventures with cars, guns, and inexplicably (at that point) a samurai sword, while faceless villains. Being chased by veterans of and disposable law enforcement.

It’s the kind of scene that plays perfectly fine in countless big-budget action and sci-fi franchises, but infinite During its 106-minute running time, it repeatedly falls on what makes the stakes feel consequential in the frantic scenes, often at the expense of any character development or narrative work. In franchises like The Fast and the Furious and Transformers, scenes like this work because you care (at least a little bit) what happens to the characters. infinite, however, never bothers to try to make its characters interesting, let alone relatable.

Shortly after Wahlberg is introduced to the character and his precarious psychological state, the film puts him at the center of another ridiculously chaotic car chase – this time featuring two armored vehicles through a crowded metropolis intended to be Manhattan. – and from that point on, the action sequences blur together in an almost constant frenzy of explosions and destruction for the remainder of the film. Neither Wahlberg’s character nor his supporting cast of “Infinites” (the name given to the film’s reincarnated characters) have been given any development beyond what is necessary to place them for the next death-defying set piece. The film feels less like a revealing story and more like a movie reel burning mayhem.

wasted capacity

Although the film narrates the character development on almost every occasion, infinite It manages to hint that this could have been enough to disappoint you at the end of the movie.

A scene in which Ejiofor’s character tortures another “infinite” one, played by Emmy-nominated veteran actor Toby Jones, is one of the funniest movies to watch, and surprisingly, it doesn’t involve a single explosion. Both actors chew scenes as they engage in somewhat over-the-top verbal sparring, and the short scene provides more entertainment value than the 100 minutes of footage surrounding it.

Comedian Jason Mantzoukas (league, Dictator) also does an admirable job of adding some fervor to the film’s cast, but his otherwise fun performance is ultimately overshadowed by the film’s desire for a constant stream of high-speed chases, gun battles, and other effects-driven action sequences. is.

Is it over yet?

Given the authenticity of the film’s cast and creative team, it seems reasonable to expect a gripping adventure infinite — and worst of all, dumb fun — but the final product falls heavily on the low end of expectations, too.

With a story more meager and patchy than the Transformers films of Bonaventura or Wahlberg, and lacking the dramatic weight of Fuqua or Ejiofor’s earlier projects, infinite There’s disappointment across the board — and makes a strong case for it being one of the worst movies from its cast and director. It’s full of characters who take pride in using their vast collection of memories (providing a few examples of doing so in the film).

Of course, Ejiofor’s villainous character aims to be evil, as he wants to end as soon as possible. infinite‘ a story of death and rebirth, but after sitting through almost two hours of casual action sequences infinite Without a story to stitch them together, he might be onto something.

Antoine Fuqua and Mark Wahlberg infinite Now available on Paramount+ streaming service.

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