What is the story about?
Evan McCauley is a person who has been struggling with schizophrenia since the age of 14. After he is apprehended due to a drug bust, he is hunted down by Bathurst, a mysterious stranger who claims to know him from past lives, but McCauley cannot remember Bathurst. He is then rescued from McCauley's clutches by Nora, another stranger, who tells him they are a part of the Infinites, a group of people all over the world who keep reincarnating over centuries but never let go of their memories. However, Bathurst will stop at nothing, until he gets "The Egg", which is supposed to end all civilization, and by extension, reincarnation as well. Can McCauley stop him and save the Infinites?
What has happened to Antoine Fuqua? The talented director, who has dished out terrific actioners in the past, from Training Day to Shooter to even the Equalizer franchise, surely knows how to deliver dramatic moments with deft, stylized action. But if you look at Infinite, the director seems to be a pale shadow of his self. Thanks to Ian Shorr's lunkheaded screenplay, we are subjected to 100 minutes of a group of characters trying to marinate in the existential pleasure/angst of reincarnating over and over again, while its lead actor Mark Wahlberg spends most of the film looking clueless when he's not shooting guns or wielding katanas. The screenplay borrows heavily from Hindu and Buddhist doctrines on reincarnation, but the screenplay has so many holes in it that these noble ideas actually get reduced to a joke. Half the film is about various characters trying to get McCauley to remember his past lifetimes, and it is painful to watch Wahlberg try his best to look invested in the story. If you love good action movies.....this is definitely not something you'd recommend to anyone.
Apart from Wahlberg, Chiwitel Ejiofor makes the most of an ill-written role, as he plays the central villain Bathurst with a certain hammy relish. Sophie Johnson is perfunctory as Nora. The rest of the cast is okay, but look bored at times.
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Mauro Fiore's cinematography is good, considering there's little else to recommend in the film.
The car chase in Mexico City at the beginning of the film is the only major highlight.
There's hardly any story to support the action sequences. The action sequences in the climax on the plane go outside the realms of logic as well.
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it?
No. Stay away from this film, unless you want to see improbable action sequences.