INFINITE (2021) – “A Grade” action in a “B Grade” movie


Rating: ⭐⭐

Mark Wahlberg plays a a man who is pursued by a bunch of nasty people who wants something from his memory in this futuristic action thriller. What immediately sets this movie apart from most films are its incredibly choreographed action set pieces as well eye candy visuals in the form of sets and costumes. There are car chases through the scenic streets of Mexico City, and one that literally takes place inside a building through its corridors and hallways! Yet another has Wahlberg in an eye popping aerial stunt on the exterior of a plane in flight!

Unfortunately the story of Infinite leaves much to be desired. It has some crazy plot involving people who can remember everything from their past lives as well as have almost super human mental and physical skills presumably acquired through the many lives they have had before. That concept alone raises a lot of questions which we are not about to be enlightened. Director Antoine Fuqua is no stranger to the action genre and appears to be preoccupied with staging his action scenes with little regards for the flow and logic of the movie. Apart from a weary looking Wahlberg, we also have 12 Years A Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor as the antagonist to Wahlberg’s character. His acting talent is wasted here as he is required only to be menacing and brutal. Dylan O’Brien (of Maze Runner) was also totally wasted in the movie. He had one amazing chase sequence at the start and that was it. I suspect he might have been able to bring more energy to the lead character role than Mark Wahlberg did. The plot feels incoherent and often feels like scenes and ideas from other movies stitched together.

At the end of the day, Infinite is quite forgettable. Sadly, even a decent cast, obviously big budget and elaborate action scenes were not enough to save this movie from its mediocrity.

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