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I just finished seeing Infinite, one of the many new movie releases out now on Paramount+. While the Antoine Fuqua film was supposed to premiere in a movie theater near me in September of 2021, it got bumped to a quick June release on the Paramount+ streaming service. Luckily, my basement has a flat-screen and surround sound, because with an action sci-fi film like Infinite, a big TV is the only way to go.
Although it would have been cool to see this movie in theaters, streaming services like Paramount+ let you watch films on your own time. All I had to do was plop down on my couch, search for the movie on the streaming service with my remote, and click play.
Infinite feels like 2021’s attempt of The Matrix
Based on D. Eric Maikranz’s novel, The Reincarnationist Papers, Infinite follows Evan McCauley (Mark Wahlberg), who finds out the hallucinations from his schizophrenia are memories from past lives he’s lived. With help from a secret group called the Infinites, Evan is tasked to save humanity from one man (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who has the power to end the world.
Infinite begins with a bang as high-speed action catapults viewers right into the film. There are explosions, car chases, samurai swords, and of course, lots of combat. If you get your adrenaline from fast-moving scenes and intense moments, this film will fill that need. (I, on the other hand, sometimes struggle with the anxiety-ridden environment of an action film.) However, this movie’s colorful visuals and ear-catching sound effects pulled me right in. And even though it wasn’t playing in a movie theater near me, my big screen and surround sound still had me feeling like I was a part of the action.
While the movie has its action-packed moments, it also weaves sci-fi elements into the story. Like The Matrix, this film has other realities, described as past lives. Instead of using a dystopian future where people are trapped in a simulated reality like The Matrix, though, Infinite focuses on the power of reincarnation.
If you aren’t following the movie closely, you may lose your way. Even though I had my eyes peeled to the screen the whole time, there were moments where I had so many questions: “What does that do?” “What does that mean?” It wouldn’t be a science fiction film without a bit of confusion, right?
Infinite includes a vast array of characters
Mark Wahlberg leads the cast playing the same heroic character that he knows so well. It’s become natural for him at this point to save the day, regardless of the circumstance. He embarks on the fighting scenes with ease as he uses his strength and skillful coordination to battle his opponents.
However, his character, Evan, is not as sure of himself as his warrior moves imply. At the beginning of the film, we watch him struggling to find a job to make ends meet. Because of his schizophrenia diagnosis, he feels like he has all these memories locked inside his brain, not knowing where they came from. When he meets the Infinites, he becomes more confident in who he is and what his place is on Earth.
We’re also introduced to another Infinite, Nora Brightman (played by Sophie Cookson) who helps Evan on his journey. She might have a tough exterior, but there’s this humility and compassion to her that comes through. Nora carries an aching weight in her heart from a past experience that makes her the way she is, but you’ll have to watch the film to find out what that is.
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as the film’s villain, Bathurst 2020, who balances his menacing presence with his own desperation. I also can’t forget the movie’s eccentric comic relief, Jason Mantzoukas, who makes sure to throw in a couple of jokes before helping the Infinite clan.
The film includes features from Rupert Friend, Toby Jones, and Dylan O’Brien. British Actress and comedian Liz Carr also appears in the movie, playing the character of Garrick. She took to Twitter on Thursday to express her happiness about her first film.
I’m in a film! I’m in a film! I’m in a film! I’m in a film!
Almost 2 years ago I auditioned for my first film role & got it!
— Liz Carr (@thelizcarr) June 10, 2021
While some actors had limited screen time, they each brought something new to the plot. I became more excited as each new character popped onto my screen.
What other movie-watchers thought of Infinite
Fans have been all over social since the film’s release.
Mister O’Brien in infinite movie Ladies & G… pic.twitter.com/1iwZNwHeri
— Dylan O’brien place 🎬 (@tabakani) June 4, 2021
We just LOVE Dylan O’Brien.
We need a new on screen interview from Dylan O’Brien for his upcoming film #INFINITE. What’s happening to the movie’s PR team? Oh my god. We let the PR team of Flashback to pass, but not this time for the next film.
— LoganStiles (TV) (@DOBsLermanTS) June 9, 2021
We are always in the mood for some good ole fashion action.
— Trailer Gamer (@TrailerGamer4) June 10, 2021
We totally agree.
— brittyb0021 (@brittyboo17) June 10, 2021
Pure action magic.
If you want a burst of action with sci-fi elements, make sure to check out Infinite on Paramount+.
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