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Infinite 4K UHD Review

“Infinite” is infinitely forgettable.

Written by Ian Shorr, “Infinite” is a sci-fi yarn that is set in a world in which 2 classes of Infinites exist (Infinites being individuals with memories of past lives). There are the Believers who chose to use their knowledge and powers to help others and there are the Nihilists who see their power as a curse. The story primarily revolves around 2 Infinites with Evan (who can’t remember his past life and has hidden a deadly device called the Egg) and Bathurst (a Nihilist who remembers everything and seeks the Egg to destroy life and end reincarnation). With the help of some allies (including Nora), Evan will hopefully remember who he is and stop the Nihilists from carrying out their world ending plan. 

“Infinite” was originally set to hit theaters before going straight to Paramount+. It’s not hard to see why it bypassed theaters. Despite being helmed by the usually reliable Antoine Fuqua, “Infinite” is an undercooked sci-fi vehicle that borrows heavily from superior sci-fi films (namely “The Matrix” and “Highlander”). While Ian Shorr presents some meaty concepts about reincarnation and mental health, they are entirely overshadowed by big dumb action set pieces (see the motorcycle jump off a clip onto the wing of jet plane), a watered down heroes vs. villains confrontation, thin characters and poor world building. Everything feels so cut and paste here.

If you’re going into “Infinite” merely seeking action, the movie delivers plenty of that (in over-the-top fashion nonetheless). There are numerous car chases, the aforementioned motorcycle sequence, shootouts galore, explosions, death, and so on. It’s a very action heavy movie.

There’s a talented cast at the center of this movie with Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dylan O’Brien, Toby Jones, Rupert Friend, Sophie Cookson and Jason Mantzoukas all having roles. Alas, most everyone’s talents are wasted here. Mark Wahlberg is severely miscast and looks out of place in a sci-fi action flick. He just goes through the motions here. Chiwetel Ejiofor admirably goes all out as Bathurst and chews up the scenery. His weird scene with Toby Jones is undeniably the highlight acting wise. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? Expect a pristine print.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? The audio packs a real punch. The Atmos is gleefully thunderous during the action scenes. Honestly, one of the best audio tracks I’ve heard recently.

Extras:
* Digital copy
* “They Call Themselves Infinites”- A featurette with film clips, set footage, interviews, and discussions about the premise, world, sets, and so forth.
* “The Kinetic Action of Infinite” covers the opening action sequence.
* “Anatomy Of A Scene- Police Station And Forest”- A behind-the-scenes look at 2 action set pieces.
* “Infinite Time”- A featurette about certain visual effects.

May 8, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , ,

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