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"Infinite" Review

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Infinite is a 2021 American science fiction film directed by Antoine Fuqua and stars Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Cookson, and Jason Mantzoukas. The film was written by Ian Shorr and is based on the 2009 novel The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz.

The hallucinations of a schizophrenic are revealed to be memories from past lives where he obtained talents that he still has to this day.

Infinite is the flagship film to go along with iCarly on Paramount+, and me wishing I would've watched iCarly pretty much sums up how I felt about this film.

Infinite was a complete failure. It's rare for me to say that, but there's no other category I can put this film. This is not the worst movie ever made. I'm not saying that, but when you look and everything the film tried to achieve, it completely failed at every single one. Again, nothing worked, but the core problem is the foundation. This was just a bad script.

The entire film is exposition. The entire film feels like a big second act. I don't know how this draft went into production because nothing happens in the film. Our main protagonist stands around and gets told stuff by the other characters who are even more uninteresting. Throughout the entirety of this film he makes two choices, he is one of the most stagnant characters I've seen in a while.

The closes equivalent I can think of is if you took the matrix and took all the cool stuff out and instead the entire film was Morpheus explaining the Matrix to Neo. That's pretty much what this film is.

The acting was also subpar for the most part. Wahlberg and Ejiofor are the only two who give passable performances. This leads me to the other big problem the directing. I love Antoine Fuqua. I think he's one of the best and most underrated directors working today. He consistently has great direction, but here it almost feels lazy. Even in his films I don't like so much, like The Equalizer 2, he still has excellent framing, directions, and shot composition. Here everything that needs to be seen is in frame and that's it. It's very unexpired and reminds me of Men in Black International where everyone does just the bare minimum.

Even the action wasn't too great. It was just very visible CGI in very generic action scenes. Everything was mediocre and best and absolutely awful at its worse.

infinite-review

The acting was shaky. I like Mark Wahlberg and I think he's pretty entertaining. He isn't nearly at his best, but in a film filled with so much bad he waded defiantly a bright spot. The main problem with his acting is that he isn't given much to do. His character is just being told things throughout the story.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is an actor I love and he gave a very good performance. He was definitely the one saving grace of this film.

Sophie Cookson was not very good here. I personally know her from Kingsman where I thought she was really good, but here she really does stop the ball. It felt like she was reading off of notecards, but when you actually watch the film it makes sense. Her character's sole job is to tell meaningless information to the protagonist that nobody cares about. It felt like she was giving a lecture, because she was. There's only so much blame I can put on her when she wasn't given anything to work with.

There's a few more characters but they do nothing and the acting is whatever. There's two more people in the main hero group, but I don't remember their names or care enough to look them up. They were background pieces that occasionally spoke.

As a whole the acting was subpar with Wahlberg and Ejiofor being the only two bright spots.

The plot was as basic as it gets. One group wants an egg to do bad things and the other wants to get the egg first to stop them. Like I said basic but i don't mind it. Some people hate mcguffins and I understand why, but I like them when they're used correctly. I'm a creature of simplicity and after watching films like Tenet this is a warm welcome.

The problem is that only the villain is active in the plot. I love when villains drive the plot like Joker or Bane, but the hero has to be active with them. Here they simply aren't. The plot is so stagnant. The heroes must jog the memory of the protagonist in order to locate the egg. That sounds interesting, but it translates to just standing around talking and doing a few task that don't move the story forward in a meaningful way.

There's certain plots that are destined to be great. Speed is one of them. The plot alone forces the story to be fast paced a full of adrenaline. This plot is destined to be slow, uneventful, and stagnant which it is. The story forces the characters to wait around for a specific moment. The plot stops immediately as it starts.

The worse part is that it shows some promise. There's a few lines from the villain that explores faith, and that could've been extremely interesting but the film never tries to do anything other than the bare minimum. The plot is no different.

Overall my expectations for this film weren't extremely high yet I was still very disappointed. The film was built on a very weak script that wasn't helped by the unexpired directing and subpar acting.

Overall this is one of the biggest failures I've seen in some time.

© 2021 Royce Proctor Jr

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