Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Mark Wahlberg; Chiwetel Ejiofor; Sophie Cookson; Jason Mantzoukas; Rupert Friend; Toby Jones; Dylan O’Brien
Adapted from: The Reincarnationist Papers
Synopsis: For Evan McCauley (Mark Wahlberg), skills he has never learned and memories of places he has never visited haunt his daily life. Self-medicated and on the brink of a mental breakdown, a secret group that call themselves “Infinites” come to his rescue, revealing to him that his memories are real – but they are from multiple past lives. The Infinites bring Evan into their extraordinary world, where a gifted few are given the ability to be reborn with their memories and knowledge accumulated over centuries. With critical secrets buried in his past, Evan must work with the Infinites to unlock the answers in his memories in a race against time to save humanity from one of their own (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who seeks to destroy it.
Review: Mark Wahlberg stars as Evan, a man who has some many skills but no recollection of how he achieved them or why he can do these things, I.E. make a perfectly balanced samurai sword. Chiwetel Ejiofor is on hand to go toe to tow with Wahlbergs, Evan and he delivers a fine performance.
Initial reviews were quite negative when Infinite landed but it’s not as bad as people make it out to be, action and Wahlberg fans will not be disappointed.
Infinite features some great action set pieces which involve various shootout scenes, hand to hand fights and car chases, this is something which is expected in an Antoine Fuqua movie and Infinite doesn’t fail to deliver.
Infinite feels like Fuqua’s diving into a superhero genre for a mature audience and it could work and be a whole universe as the ones who are known as ‘Infinites’ have the ability to recall the past lives of other masters, for instance, Whalberg’s character Evan knows how to forge a samurai sword from muscle memory and recall the past lives of others.
Bathurst played to menacing perfection by Chiwetel Ejiofor is the leader of an Infinite death cult called The Nihilists, they want to rid the world of the infinites and this can only be achieved through an egg that will end all life on earth. The last person to have been on contact with an egg is the previous incarnation of Wahlberg’s character. The time is on for Evan to delve deep into the previous memories and uncover the truth about the egg while also trying to stay alive with the ruthless Bathurst one step behind .
Overall, Infinite is a fun action movie that reunites Wahlberg and Fuqua. We get plenty of Fuqua’s trademark action sequences and Ejiofor makes a great villain!