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Liberal interventionism is out of fashion. Antoine Fuqua keeps making the case for it.

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17.06.2021

Humanitarian interventionism is out of vogue in Washington. Former president Donald Trump had no real interest in projecting U.S. power abroad to aid people in trouble. And the Biden administration is withdrawing from Afghanistan and abandoning loyal allies to almost certain death. But the righteousness of violence in the name of humanitarianism is never out of fashion in Hollywood, and few have a keener eye on this matter than director Antoine Fuqua.

Fuqua’s sci-fi action flick “Infinite,” which debuted on streamer Paramount Plus last week, follows two competing groups of reincarnated warriors who carry their memories from life to life: the Believers, who understand their power as a means of helping humanity, and the Nihilists, who hope to bring about the end of all life so as to stop their endless rebirths.

“Improving the human condition. Sometimes you do it by painting a chapel ceiling,” Kovic (Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson) says while giving a tour of the Believers’ armory. “Yeah. And sometimes you drop them from a mile out,” Evan (Mark Wahlberg) replies, caressing a heavy-duty sniper rifle.

The timing of their delivery makes Evan’s sentiment seem like a joke, but the stakes are deadly serious. Given that the villainous Nihilist Bathurst (Chiwetel Ejiofor, having a tremendously good time in a bushy beard and three-piece suit) is dead set on........

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