While actors sometimes regret missing out on movies they turned down (read: Charlie Hunnam for Fifty Shades of Grey), Chris Evans is probably glad he passed on this movie. The 2021 sci-fi thriller, Infinite, it had quite an intriguing and promising plot. After all, what part of ‘reincarnated warriors saving humanity’ doesn’t sound entertaining to you?
Unfortunately, even though the synopsis made it sound like Infinite It was going to be a worthy addition to the sci-fi genre, it didn’t quite live up to the hype. With a paltry 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes, Infinite has been added to the pile of forgotten films. It seems that Chris Evans made the right decision in turning down the movie. The same cannot be said for Mark Wahlberg, who replaced Chris Evans.
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Chris Evans dodged a bullet with Infinite
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Ian Shorr and Todd Stein wrote an adaptation of Infinite based on the novel by D. Eric Maikranz, The reincarnated roles. Soon after, Paramount Pictures bought the rights to the adaptation, which was considered a love child between Sought and Matrix, two of the most popular action movies of all time.
In 2019, Antoine Fuqua was officially announced as the man responsible for bringing the sci-fi action film to life. Along with this announcement, it was also reported that none other than Chris Evans was in talks to play the lead role. After seeing Evans’ work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain America, it goes without saying that the studios would want to have him in their action movies.
Unfortunately (or fortunately?), Evans had to step away from movies because he was busy with Defending Jacob. Enter Mark Wahlberg. Replacing Evans in the film, Wahlberg agreed to take on the dual role of Evan McCauley and Heinrich Treadway. Unfortunately for him, he was heavily criticized for his work on the film. Polygon stated that he was “misconstrued” for the role and that he “I should never be in a sci-fi movie ever again.” Oh!
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a look at InfiniteThe awful reception of
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus for Infinite states that while the film was intriguing at first, it descends to “incoherence” and i called him “As crazy as inconsequential.” The Hollywood Reporter called it a “soulless grinding”. The outlet also criticized Wahlberg for being deadpan throughout the film. In fact, it was listed as one of the worst movies of 2021 by The New York Times.
As if things couldn’t get any worse, the film was nominated for three Golden Raspberry Awards, an awards ceremony that honors the worst work in the film industry. Infinite was nominated for Worst Picture, while Wahlberg and Sophie Cookson received nominations for Worst Actor and Worst Supporting Actress.
On the other hand, the film that Evans chose about Infinite, Defending Jacob, it was quite well received. With a 72% approval rating, the dramatic miniseries became one of the most popular shows on Apple TV+ along with ted lasso and Breaking off. defending jacob it was also nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.
It sure sounds like the two projects took completely different routes.
you can broadcast Infinite on Paramount+ and defending jacob on AppleTV+.