Eventually, Evan falls on the respective radars of both Bathurst and Infinite. Although Ejiofor plays Bathurst as a man struggling with his mentally traumatic life—he just wants to die—that trauma is not felt at all. Ejiofor turns in a perplexing performance that uncovers a series of confusing questions instead of providing a real character. I couldn’t see the origin of his thick, obnoxious tone, which borders on the broad exclusivity of Saturday morning cartoons. Nor is Bathurst’s origin understood: where does his immense wealth come from? Where are the other nihilists?
Invites infinite similar question marks. A wheelchair-using Garrick (Liz Carr), a leader in the image of Professor X, guides the team. Her top soldiers include the tall, bearded Kovic (Johannes Hkur Johansson) and the highly skilled Nora (Sophie Cookson). The team hopes to be a reincarnated form of Evan Treadwell, the agent who previously hid the egg. In Nora’s case, specifically, she wants to see her ex-boyfriend again (his spirit is being imprisoned by Bathurst) and believes the Egg can bring him back. The character dynamics between this trio and Evan aren’t built at all. Rather Fuqua is assigned this intriguing world, but refuses to add shape to these heroes or their powers. The same goes for group researcher played by Toby Jones and an impoverished neurologist portrayed by Jason Mantzoukas.
Instead, Fuuka is far more interested in the craft that drives the film. Which wouldn’t be a bad idea if the crafts were anything to write home about: The score rises at an incomparable rate. The fight choreography and execution is awesome. In one scene, it is readily apparent that the stunt doubles filmed an entire hand-to-hand combat sequence instead of Ejiofor and Johansson. In the second, in which Evan and Nora raid Bathurst’s mansion, the editing is an epic mess that’s impossible to follow due to poorly articulated compositions. And even if you can follow the action onscreen, you soon wish you couldn’t. Worst of all, the storytelling in “Infinite” ever sees VFX-soldiers suspended in the air as pieces of wood shoot them to death—and between Evan and Bathurst in the hull of a transport plane. Extreme stunts like an acrobatic collision.
Directed with great characters and aesthetics to match, “Infinite” is a misguided soft toss by Fuqua, directed with franchise goals. You understand that its unanswered questions, such as the religious component of these powers, have been deliberately left unclear for the sake of fulfilling future films. Instead, the convulsion completely undermines this film. In an action-adventure that deals with living multiple lives, don’t waste your time watching “Infinite”.
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