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Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofer, Dylan O'Brien, Toby Jones, and Jason Mantzoukas is an absolute dream cast for a sci-fi film. Add on top of that cast the incredible director Antoine Fuqua and you'd think that there's no way this film could fail. Alas, there's always that 1% chance that, out of all the perfection, one problem will derail the entire production. In Infinite, that 1% chance hits hard.
The film follows Evan, a man who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at a young age and has had trouble finding a job because of his history of violence. Although justified, employers are still hesitant to take a chance on him. He takes a job forging a sword for a thug. When the deal goes south, Evan finds himself in a police station. Soon he's confronted by Bathurst, a man who is convinced Evan was a man named Treadway in a former life. From there, Evan's life is spiraled amok, tangled in a war amongst the Infinites, a group of people who can remember all of their past lives and struggle against one another, one side wanting to better the world and the other side wanting to end it.
The film was based on The Reincarnationist Papers, which is a brilliant theory in itself. The film had a good idea and a good overall plot, but the screenplay suffered tragically due to the writers failing to fill in the gaps. For example, Bathurst confronts Evan in a police station. A car plows into the building and Evan is saved by mystery woman Nora. They take off and suddenly Bathurst is chasing them in an armored vehicle. Wait, what? Number one, how does Nora know that Evan used to be Treadway when he himself has no clue who he was? Is every schizophrenic suspected to be an Infinite? How did Bathurst pull an armored vehicle out of nowhere in order to chase Evan? And when Bathurst fails, who captured him and waterboarded him? How did Bathurst escape his captors? See, there's already far too many questions and the film's only 30 minutes in at that point. The even more tragic aspect is that none of those questions are answered but rather ignored. It's sincerely a shame, too, because the CG-effects and the action are both outstanding.
Chiwetel Ejiofer was outstanding as the villain Bathurst. Some actors are better villains than heroes and Chiwetel is one of those people. He has this ability to tap into a character's psyche and find what makes them tick, why they think or feel the way they do. He's a brilliant actor and by far the highlight of the film.
In conclusion, if you have Paramount+ then yeah sure give it a shot. It's a nice way to spend a couple hours and it definitely doesn't deserve the hateful comments it's getting. I wanted so much to love this film but the writing hurt it. The plot, idea, and philosophy of the story are interesting and intriguing, but too many questions were ignored and never answered. I give the film a 2.5 out of 4.
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