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The One

  • Drama
  • 2001
  • James Wong
  • 83 mins
  • 15

Summary

An evil genius embarks on a perilous journey through a multitude of parallel universes in a bid to become all-powerful by killing every other version of him. However, he reckons without the intervention of a maverick cop determined to prevent his bid. Futuristic martial arts adventure, with Jet Li in multiple roles alongside Carla Gugino, Jason Statham and Delroy Lindo.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Sci-fi action films don't come any more simplistic than this offering from James Wong (writer and director of the highly entertaining Final Destination). Aware that the sole purpose of this sort of "high concept" crowd-pleaser is to provide maximum entertainment, Wong goes all out to deliver an exhilarating, nonstop adrenaline rush, unfettered by misplaced intellectual pretension. Once the preserve of Schwarzenegger and Stallone, the testosterone-charged lead role is here claimed by Hong Kong action star Jet Li. He gets to battle himself in his portrayal of two martial arts whirlwinds - one, a killer moving between parallel universes in order to murder his alter egos; the other, a Los Angeles police officer who's the last intergalactic double and next intended victim. Wong is a celluloid magpie, mixing the style of Total Recall and Timecop with the fights and special effects of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix. While this means there's no real innovation or surprise, it does ensure that jaw-droppingly extreme set pieces punctuate this wildly over-the-top but effective joy ride.

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Credits

Cast

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Gabriel "Gabe" Yulaw / LawlessJet Li
Harry Roedecker / AttendantDelroy Lindo
Traci "TK" Katherine / Massie WalshCarla Gugino
Ethan FunschJason Statham
Aldrich / "A" World Inmate No 1James Morrison
YatesDylan Bruno
D'AntoniRichard Steinmetz

Crew

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DirectorJames Wong

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2002-04-12
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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