The One (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  2 November 2001 (USA)
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A sheriff's deputy fights an alternate universe version of himself who grows stronger with each alternate self he kills.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
T.K. Law / Massie Walsh
MVA Agent Harry Roedecker / Gas Station Attendant
LAPD Officer Bobby Aldrich / 'A' World Inmate #1
MVA Supervisor
Prison Warden
Nurse Besson
David Keats ...
MRI Technician
Sgt. Siegel
Rotten Ronnie
Darin Morgan ...


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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In order to save the universe, he will have to fight the fiercest enemy he has ever faced...himself. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El único  »

Box Office


$49,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£909,483 (UK) (19 April 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Each of the universes that are listed along with Yulaw's charges is named after a star or constellation (in keeping with the idea that a new universe is formed when a star collapses): Monoceros, Tucana, Canopus, Serpens, and Shaula. The one exception is Lawless's universe. His, along with the other universes that are actually shown in the film, are all named after mythological gods (a possible allusion to Yulaw's hope to become a god himself, by absorbing the energy of his other selves). Lawless is from Anubis universe, after the Egyptian god of mummification and the afterlife. Gabe is from Charis universe, after the Greek goddesses of charm and beauty. The penal colony is in Hades universe, after the Greek god of the Underworld. The colony itself is called Stygian Penal Colony: the word Stygian refers to the River Styx, which was located in the Greek Underworld. The location of the Multiverse Agency is called, simply, "Multiverse." See more »


When T.K. Law sees the bloody soap in the bathroom, in the close-up we see her shadow even though she is still at the door. A second later she approaches the soap and the same shot is used again. See more »


[first lines]
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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Good Fights, OK Acting, OK Storyline, and cheesy Visuals.
17 January 2005 | by (Calgary, Alberta) – See all my reviews

This is a movie definitely worth renting, but not worth buying unless its the Special Edition DVD or its VHS for under 10 bucks. Th fights were sweet,although looked slightly cheesy. it looked like they tried to achieve the matrix type effects but didn't have a good enough budget. The Acting was OK. They stuck some good actors in with some bad ones so that kinda screws up the whole feel for the movie. The storyline is quite simple and somewhat intriguing. There are many universes, you look quite similar in everyone and your all connected by a wave of energy. every time one of you dies, the energy of that you that died goes to the remaining yous. One man has killed all of himself but one. Th movie basically starts here. Yulaw is about to get banished forever but stops his universe travel and goes to the last universe left, ours. Lately Gabe law has been getting stronger but he doesn't know why.

Whenever they go from one universe to the next, they break up into little puzzle pieces and they didn't do a very good job for the visuals on those.

My rating a 3/5 Stars

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