A mentally ill man learns his hallucinations are actually visions
from past lives, and he's the only one who can save the world.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Written by Ian Shorr
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Cookson,
Dylan O'Brien, Jason Mantzoukas, Toby Jones, Wallis Day
Based on the novel The Reincarnationist Papers by D. Eric Maikranz
When I first watched the trailer for Infinite, I remember thinking that the filmmakers behind Highlander are about to be super pissed. Now that I've watched the movie, I can't help feeling the Wachowskis must be a little pissed, since this movie rips off The Matrix as well as Highlander. This film is an action-soaked nonsensical popcorn flick that stars a visibly disinterested and woefully miscast Mark Wahlberg. This was supposed to be the flagship debut film for Paramount Plus, but if this is any clue as to the kinds of films they're going to greenlight, I doubt many people will join the service.
In a nondescript sci-fi world, there is a race of immortal beings called Infinites who are reincarnated upon death, but retain all their memories and skills from past lives. Within the Infinites, there are two factions at war. The Believers and the Nihilists. It's all very confusing and doesn't make a lick of sense, but somehow Mark Wahlberg is the chosen one. His past selves led the Believers into centuries of war, and they need him again. Leading the bad guys is Bathurst (Ejiofor), a tyrant who wants to die, and for some reason wants to take the whole world with him. There's very little plot to be had, but the action is fairly decent.
I don't know who this film was for. Action fans are gonna be confused. Sci-fi fans are gonna be annoyed. Mark Wahlberg fans aren't gonna have Paramount Plus. This movie is a misguided attempt at an action franchise, as it introduces so much sci-fi nonsense that it never bothers to explain and gives us so many one-note characters we never care about.