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Overall Rating
3.15

Awesome: 13.24%
Worth A Look: 26.47%
Average29.41%
Pretty Bad: 23.53%
Total Crap: 7.35%

5 reviews, 38 user ratings


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One, The
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by EricDSnider

"My new favorite line: 'I am Yulaw. I am nobody's bitch!'"
3 stars

As befitting a movie about parallel universes and multiple identities, "The One" tries to be several things: a martial-arts film, a "Matrix"-inspired sci-fi flick, and a regular ol' action movie. But, as we learned in "Highlander" (and as is reiterated in this movie), "There can be only one." Most films that attempt to mix genres fail at it, and "The One" certainly does not buck that trend.

The deal here is that each of us has a counterpart in at least 124 other universes, which is fine, because we don't communicate much with those universes. But now there's a bad guy named Yulaw (Jet Li) who is traveling from universe to universe, killing off his Doppelgangers and absorbing their life force. It is believed that if he succeeds in murdering them all, it will either destroy whichever universe he happens to be in at the moment, or else he will become a god. Either way, bad news.

So two melodramatic cops (Jason Statham and Delroy Lindo) are pursuing him, and they wind up in the universe you and I inhabit, where the local Yulaw look-alike is an L.A. police officer named Gabriel. We don't know about parallel universes here, so he's extra-freaked out that a guy who looks just like him is trying to kill him. His wife, T.K. (Carla Gugino), is equally wigged, and has a heck of a time keeping track of which guy is her husband and which one is the bad guy.

You'd expect there to be a lot of martial arts fighting, but you shouldn't, because there are only about three scenes of it. Instead, there's a whole lot of slow-motion "Matrix"-type stuff, which is getting a little old, frankly. It's hard to be impressed with an amazing fighter like Jet Li's athletic abilities when it's so clearly digitized and special-effected. We've learned that, thanks to technology, ANYONE can look like an expert, and it's a disservice to Li, who actually is one.

We should also point out that if you're going to have an actor play multiple roles in your movie, you ought to choose someone with more charisma than Jet Li, who has a certain charm about him, but who certainly does not carry a move on his own.

I am duly respectful of the effort it takes to pull off special effects like the ones in this movie, and it's exciting to contemplate what the future of filmmaking may be. But -- and you can call me old-fashioned if you want -- it would still be nice to have a decent script now and then, too.

This one, by Glen Morgan and James Wong (Wong also directed), is especially disappointing because those two did such great work on "The X-Files" and in last year's funny-if-you-got-the-joke "Final Destination." "The One," by comparison, is too serious about itself and its silly concept, and it offers nothing beyond the fight sequences we've seen before.

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User Comments

8/26/13 DB Great movie! One of Jet Li's better films. 5 stars
7/02/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess A good idea that could have been put to better use. 3 stars
9/02/08 PAUL SHORTT REPLICATES THE EXPERIENCE OF VIEWING AN ARCADE DEMO FOR THE SAME LENGTH OF TIME 1 stars
4/02/06 Peter De La Rosa so-so.Leave the doubles to JCVD. 2 stars
2/27/06 Steven Lewis Jet Li's next to best movie compared to Unleashed 3 stars
2/11/05 michaelb14 hey 2 hours of jet li kicking his own ass can't be all bad 4 stars
12/11/04 jr083613 one of the best movies ever 5 stars
8/01/04 psychotic black dwarf On the run from Wulan Law, ain't no trip to Cleveland. 4 stars
3/15/04 Brando Christ, this is ugly. Not even the great Jet Li can save this one. 2 stars
2/11/03 Sugarfoot Terrible. Jet Li can do so much better, even Double Impact was better! 1 stars
11/08/02 neumel Multiverse? Makes this flick 125 times worse than it actually could be isn't it ? 1 stars
10/23/02 palaboy101 Great action, special effects! One of Jet Li's very best! 5 stars
9/16/02 The Talking Elbow Reminded me of cheesy anime, only it was done live action and not too bad either. 4 stars
8/26/02 Alextron Better fighting skills than Matrix, nothing else. 3 stars
8/23/02 Danielle Ophelia Matrix-Lite. More elaborate, but nothing special. All style. 3 stars
3/15/02 Mya It was a great movie and Jet Li did absolutely perfect!!!!!x-( 5 stars
3/09/02 The Bomb 69 so what if it has been done before, awesome fight scenes with cool SFX 4 stars
3/02/02 Silencer The coolest fight scenes this year, and for years to come! Made Matrix look tame! 5 stars
1/16/02 Wesley Widner Only if you are bored... 3 stars
1/13/02 JMK Cool kung fu film. Nice effects, even better fighting. Cool soundtrack too. Go see it. 4 stars
1/04/02 Anus Rips off from Matrix and Highlander - Screws up both. 1 stars
11/29/01 The $1.98 Pyramid Jet Li VS Let Li. Next. 3 stars
11/27/01 sdfr been watches kungfu flicks since I was a kid, and i can tell u, this one pretty much sucks. 2 stars
11/19/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Hey, you don't go to a kung fu movie for a good story, you go to watch a video game.Passes. 4 stars
11/17/01 INCUBATOR Very relaxing and watchable 4 stars
11/17/01 Vanessa CrystaL!! Whoa... The BEST...Keep It uP!! Whoo!! 5 stars
11/13/01 malcolm jet's best English work. better than The Matrix 5 stars
11/12/01 j j 5 stars
11/12/01 Waylon Roundtree Not among Jet's best, but well worth checking out. 4 stars
11/12/01 Matthew Peters Visually impressive, but maybe better for your money on video rental 3 stars
11/12/01 Robin Fruth plenty of action, and a hell of a sexy man, Jet Li is right up there with the best! 5 stars
11/10/01 Perry Ward Jet Li is a bitch. Joey Fucking Fatone would've been better than him. 1 stars
11/07/01 dkentropy Great action scenes, better cinematography that previous Jet Li pics, no plot developement. 4 stars
11/06/01 cinkcool Amovie for Matrix 2 to shoot for as far as visuals, no gripping story. 4 stars
11/06/01 RazorDog Fun to watch but not much substance. 4 stars
11/04/01 Gwylim X. James Dean Huffman II Hey, the trailers didn't promise any more than what I got. 3 stars
11/04/01 Matt Gill MAtrix with no story line. The action scenes were good but thats all there was skip it 2 stars
11/03/01 Chris Williams Jet Li is so good that noone, except himself, is believable fighting him. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Nov-2001 (PG-13)

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Australia
  10-Jan-2002 (M)


Directed by
  James Wong

Written by
  James Wong
  Glen Morgan

Cast
  Jet Li
  Carla Gugino
  Delroy Lindo
  Jason Statham
  Kim McKamy
  Scott L. Schwartz



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