note: The screenshots were source from the trailer due to no Blu-ray included with the release.
For Evan McCauley (Mark Wahlberg), skills he has never learned and memories of places he has never visited haunt his daily life. Self-medicated and on the brink of a mental breakdown, a secret group that call themselves “Infinites” come to his rescue, revealing to him that his memories are real – but they are from multiple past lives. The Infinites bring Evan into their extraordinary world, where a gifted few are given the ability to be reborn with their memories and knowledge accumulated over centuries. With critical secrets buried in his past, Evan must work with the Infinites to unlock the answers in his memories in a race against time to save humanity from one of their own (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who seeks to destroy it. – via Paramount
INFINITE is directed by Antoine Fuqua and the screenplay is written by Ian Shorr. It is based on the book “The Reincarnationist Papers”. Fuqua is best known for TRAINING DAY and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN so he knows how to do action and drama which is about the realm where this movie exists.
Mark Wahlberg as Evan McCauley / Heinrich Treadway in 2020
Dylan O’Brien as Heinrich Treadway in 1985
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Bathurst in 2020
Rupert Friend as Bathurst in 1985
Sophie Cookson as Nora Brightman
Joana Ribeiro as Leona
Jason Mantzoukas as the Artisan
Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Kovic
Liz Carr as Garrick
Kae Alexander as Trace
Toby Jones as Bryan Porter
Tom Hughes as Abel
The video is a 2160p HEVC presentation in a native 4k transfer. This digitally captured movie does an excellent job at keeping the images, even where there would typically be problems, looking clean. For example, smoke and dust don’t create artifacts or issues in the transfer. The grain is nice and tries to help to make the video less artificial. The sharpness in the images is nice with the details in the clothing textures and facial lines looking clean. This also goes for the grit, blood, and debris that might end up on a character’s face. There are a lot of CGI environments and effects that blend into the picture well. The Dolby Vision seems to add to the contrast with the lines being definitive. The coloring is bold with the disc seeming to pull off the colors in a stellar way. Blacks are deep and whites are bright.
The audio is a Dolby Atmos mix that earns its keep. The movie is loaded with action scenes of gunfire, explosions, and car chases with plenty happening of each. Moving through the memories and exploring past lives creates a lot of movement in the sound field. The mixes’ activity is consistent throughout. LFEs are powerful and add some depth to the track. Dialogue is prioritized well.
SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING
-They Call Themselves Infinites: This has the cast as well as crew speaking about the production.
-The Kinetic Action of INFINITE: This goes over some of the action scenes in the movie.
-Anatomy of a Scene-Police Station & Forest: This looks at the two mentioned scenes.
-INFINITE Time: This looks at the ending to the movie and how it was achieved.
1 4k UHD Disc
Slipcover included in the initial release
2160p HEVC H.265
HDR: Dolby Vision & HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English Dolby Atmos
THE BOTTOM LINE
As a concept, INFINITE has some good action scenes and quite the cast, however, the execution just feels off. Almost like the information that has been shoehorned into the plot is too much. As for the release itself, both the video and audio are done extremely well. I will say that even though the transfer on the 4k UHD is excellent, the images in 1080p get close in quality. There are some good extras here and they do a nice job at dissecting the scenes. One thing I want to mention is that the release does not include the standard Blu-ray and this is typically to keep the costs down. Either way, Wahlberg fans and lovers of action will enjoy this movie.