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The One (2001)

A sheriff's deputy fights an alternate universe version of himself who grows stronger with each alternate self he kills.

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T.K. Law / Massie Walsh
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MVA Agent Harry Roedecker / Gas Station Attendant
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LAPD Officer Bobby Aldrich / 'A' World Inmate #1
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Yates
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D'Antoni
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MVA Supervisor
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Prison Warden
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Nurse Besson
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Sgt. Siegel
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Rotten Ronnie
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There is not one universe, but there are many, which is a multiverse. Supposing you are just one person, there are many other versions of you in the other universes, there are ways to travel, but only a police agency, MVA, can travel only for police procedures. Gabriel Yulaw is a former MVA agent, who killed another version of himself in self-defense. It made the other versions of him stronger. When Yulaw found out about this, he became power-hungry killing the 122 other versions for two years. After killing Lawless and getting captured by his former partner Roedecker and a new MVA agent Funsch, Yulaw managed to escape the prison and is trying to kill his last target, Gabe Law who is a police officer. He is also at Yulaw's strength. Roedecker and Funsch now have to arrest Yulaw before he can kill Gabe. There is a possibility that the universe could die or make Yulaw invincible. After encountering Yulaw for the first time, Gabe thought that it was his split personality, but it wasn't. ... Written by Zero 88

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Stealing the power of the universes one by one. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense action violence and some language | See all certifications »

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2 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$49,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,112,404 (USA) (2 November 2001)

Gross:

$43,905,746 (USA) (14 December 2001)
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James Wong and Glen Morgan wanted Shirley Walker to score the film, but Revolution Studios insisted that they hire Trevor Rabin instead. See more »

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While Gabe is practicing Bagua Zhang in his den, he actually slides over the wooden paneled floor with his Magnum Boots. It's impossible to slide with these things (especially on wood) since the carbon rubber sole is skid-proof. See more »

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Narrator: There is not one universe. There are many: A multiverse. We have the technology to travel between universes, but travel is highly restricted and policed. There is not one you. There are many. Each of us exists in present time, in parallel universes. There was balance in the system, but now a force exists who seeks to destroy the balance so he can become The One.
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Referenced in Mark Borchardt Was in 'The One' with Jet Li (2002) See more »

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Knock Three Times
Written by L. Russell Brown and Irwin Levine
Performed by Tony Orlando & Dawn
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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A fun movie
2 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching most of the recent action movies, I left the theatre with a headache brought on by incredibly tight/shaky shots and edits so fast that any hope of seeing anything is lost. This movie takes a step back from that. It isn't entirely devoid of those annoyances, but is much better than most. In fact, at times, you can even see a whole string of punches and blocks without a cut or a shake! Of course there is the inevitable wire work, that combined with the necessary special effects to allow Jet Li to fight himself. But for once there is an excuse other than "because we can".

The story is pretty simple. A murdering criminal is killing all the copies of himself in all the other "universes". Each time one dies the life force/resonant string thing, gets divided amoungst the survivors. Of course this leaves a ton of questions that aren't addressed at all in the movie, but I can live with that since those are more topics for debate after having fun at the movie. That is one of the strengths of the movie, the progressively more intense action. As the movie progress, rather than trying to deal with any question the viewer might have, the pace and intensity of the movie goes up. The final action sequence is probably ten minutes long all told, which, to me, is a sign of a true action movie, as opposed to movies with action.

Overall I give it a 8/10 for fans of the genre. If you aren't particularly interested in sci-fi/martial arts, especially if you have a problem with wire work and blue-screens, then you might want to skip it.


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