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

5 reviews, 38 user ratings

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by Brian McKay

"A sci-fi kung-fu mish-mash of dreck"
2 stars

"The One", Jet Li's latest kung-fu cookie cutter vehicle, does not possess one original idea, or even one truly memorable fight scene. The entire premise ("plot" may be too strong a word) is an amalgamation of ideas stolen from "Highlander", "The Matrix", "Time Cop", and "The Terminator". Of course, one doesn't go to a kung-fu movie for story, but for the ass-kicking. In that department, however, "The One" falls equally short.

In "The One", master criminal Yulan Law (Jet Li), is traveling between parallell universes (124 of them, to be exact. How they came up with that number in a universe of infinite possibilities is beyond me). He traverses these universes by using some kind of wormhole technology that literally tears you apart before putting you back together (Imagine a "Star Trek" transporter designed by the Marquis de Sade). As he arrives in each new universe, he tracks down his doppelganger living there and kills them, so that he can absorb the life energy that was previously distributed evenly among them. With each double he kills, he grows stronger, gaining superhuman strength and speed as well as the apparent ability to slow time. He is pursued by a pair of "wormhole police" (or whatever they're called), one of them played by Delroy Lindo. Why an actor of his caliber is slumming in this piece of shit, I couldn't say. Guess he and Jet stayed tight after making "Romeo Must Die" together.

Only one double is left to kill - an L.A. county sherriff who has noticed that he is also getting stronger, although he has no idea why until Law shows up. The normally stunning Carla Gugino plays his wife, and after seeing her in "Spy Kids", I must say she looks pretty drab in this one. Jet Li still can't act, although at least his English appears to be getting better. There are a few cool scenes, like Yun Law playing whack-a-cop with a pair of police motorcycles, but most of the fights are dull, familiar territory. The final battle, where the two Jets finally duke it out in a factory (why do these movies always end in a factory?) is silly and drawn-out, with both Jet Lis doing a lot more posing and posturing than actual fighting. The use of stand-ins is obvious and the resolution is ludicrous.

Jet Li came on strong to American audiences with "Romeo Must Die". Unfortunately, he has yet to make a follow up that is nearly as competent. Even his old Hong-Kong stuff is more entertaining than this, bad voice-dubbing and all.

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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
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
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  02-Nov-2001 (PG-13)


  10-Jan-2002 (M)

Directed by
  James Wong

Written by
  James Wong
  Glen Morgan

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

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