The One

The One

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There’s something to be said about a film that doesn’t bullshit around. Jet Li knows how to kick ass, which he does in The One for a good 80 minutes non-stop. Sadly, there’s the issue of the film’s plot: something about our universe really being part of a multiverse (how droll). We have 123 versions of ourselves strewn across the galaxy; kill one of your lookalikes and you’ll grow stronger. Yulaw (the evil Li) wormholes his way to Los Angeles in order to eliminate the last remaining version of himself, Gabriel (the good Li). The problem is that Gabriel’s strength has increased proportionally to that of Yulaw’s, something Gabriel discovers rather inexplicably. While the film’s intergalactic traveling may be an unabashedly simple backdrop for Li’s graceful moves, the material’s semantics are ripe with unfulfilled possibilities. Roedecker (Delroy Lindo) and Funsch (Jason Statham)—agents for the Multiverse Bureau of Investigation—chase Yulaw from universe to universe, hoping to send the power-hungry wire-fu expert to planet Hades. Director James Wong does right by the film’s suspenseful MRI sequence though most of the film’s effects are noticeably hackneyed. More troubling is Li himself, speaking and acting more than he should be allowed to. Surely, The One will disappoint fans of Kiss of the Dragon. Then again, anyone who’s never heard of Hades may get a kick out of this self-masturbatory WWF sci-fi flick.

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Distributor
Columbia Pictures
Runtime
80 min
Rating
PG-13
Year
2001
Director
James Wong
Screenwriter
Glen Morgan, James Wong
Cast
Jet Li, Carla Gugino, Jason Statham, Delroy Lindo, Mark Borchardt, David "Shark" Fralick, Archie Kao, Kim McKamy