Loosely adapted from D. Eric Maikranz’s fantasy novel The Reincarnationist Papers, Infinite follows Evan McCauley (Mark Wahlberg), a self-medicating man diagnosed with schizophrenia because he is plagued by memories of places he doesn’t. has never visited. But while on the verge of depression, Evan is visited by the Infinites, a secret society who informs him that not only are his memories real, but that they come from all of his past lives. The Infinites take Evan into their fold and help him unlock the answers to his memories. Together they must stop one of their own, Bathurst (Chiwetel Ejiofor), from his mission to destroy humanity.
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Infinite compared to the matrix
The Infinites are divided into three factions, each with their own respective philosophy. There are the believers (who Evan joins), the hedonists (who are just here to have a good time) and the nihilists (who owns Bathurst and, well, their name gives you a pretty good idea of what it is. ‘they like ). Infinite producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who was production manager at Warner Bros. before becoming a film producer, compared the property to another sci-fi / action film he worked on: The Matrix.
“The experience I had on The Matrix was that it was ideas that were intellectual, things that were emotional, but they sparked more conversation. And the same thing happened when I watched Infinite and I was like, ‘What is the experience of this movie like? What is the deeper meaning? ‘ if you want it, ”di Bonaventura told IGN in a telephone interview. “And what happened in the movie was everybody got sucked into this vortex like” Oh, so if you live life that many times, how do you see life? Are your values changing? ‘ And that’s just one of those things that really captured me and proved to be successful in the movie. “
Antoine Fuqua on Making Infinite
For director Antoine Fuqua – the filmmaker behind Training Day, The Magnificent Seven and The Equalizer – Infinite offered him a chance to star in a more fantastic world than he is used to exploring on the big screen. Fuqua told IGN he loves sci-fi movies and the creativity and imagination filmmakers bring to them, and explained the aspects of the story that drew him to the project.
Having lived so many lives, the Infinites are endowed with the memories, knowledge and skills they have acquired over the centuries. Despite this very sci-fi premise, Fuqua said that Infinite is more “grounded” than other fantasy films such as superhero films “because the Infinites have to earn their ability. They were not born with it. It’s based on the idea that if you live a thousand lives, if you could tap into those memories of your other lives in those skills, then we would all be Michael Jordan if you had that ability. It seemed more grounded to me that way. At the same time, it has some pretty fantastic visuals. I manage to flex [my] creative muscles. “
The desire to place Infinite in an increased reality that could remain relatable was one of the main reasons Fuqua was hired to direct the film, according to di Bonaventura, who previously worked with Fuqua on Practice Day and Shooter. “I wanted to make sure the film was grounded, and I knew Antoine could do it and do it extremely well.”
What makes Mark Wahlberg fair for Infinite
Making Infinite feel grounded in the midst of all the fantastic elements is also why Mark Wahlberg was cast for the lead role of Evan McCauley. “One of the great qualities of Mark is that there is a sense of authenticity to who he is and that there is a basic decency and a kind of foundation that makes him extremely understandable,” said di Bonaventura. . Having a man like Wahlberg leading the audience through this elevated world also makes Evan’s skepticism what he finds in the mirror of the audience’s gradual suspension of disbelief.
As di Bonaventura put it, “You want a guy who says, ‘Really? You will try to convince me. Is that so? Am I reincarnated? And Mark is great for that. And then, of course, you want him to become the hero, which Mark is very good at. It therefore corresponds to what we expected from this character.
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Infinite’s ‘tragic villain’
Every hero needs a powerful antagonist, and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s character Bathurst is “a tragic villain,” according to Fuqua. “He was once an Infinite who possibly still believed in other things, be it God or other things in life. He’s been constantly looking for that God, that spirit, and all he keeps getting is being reborn, being reborn, being reborn, unenlightened, if you will, so that for him it becomes more and more. darker and more and more tortured.
In the scene depicted in our exclusive photo, Bathurst faces off against Evan, but for what purpose? As Fuqua explains, “Chiwetel’s character suspects who [Evan] maybe, and if he is what he thinks he is, then they have fought many wars against each other, basically good and bad. Their relationship is based on a deep story of all the lives they both lived. Chiwetel’s character is very clear about who he is. He’s a character who’s supposed to be the oldest man. He’s been there from the start. Mark’s character Evan doesn’t know who he is, so Chiwetel tries to boost his memory [in this scene]. »
Infinite will premiere exclusively on Paramount + on Thursday, June 10.