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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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MRI Technician
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Sgt. Siegel
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Rotten Ronnie
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Hugo
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Cesar
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Storyline

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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Box Office

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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Trivia

When Yulaw first attacks Gabe in the L.A.P.D. Parking garage, Yulaw flees after reinforcements arrive. When they do Gabe yells, "HE'S GOING O.J.!" (i.e., "He's on the run!") This is a reference to O.J. Simpson's career as a running back in the NFL. (And a somewhat ironic quip due to Simpson's murder trial, considering that Yulaw had just escaped from his own.) 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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Featured in About Face (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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Li shows acting ability in sci-fi flick
30 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The One is a martial-arts flick with strong sci-fi concepts. But the bottom line remains high-kicking action, and Jet Li delivers.

Li also shows his acting ability in this film. He displays that he can do more than one personality.

As Yulaw, he's a cold-blooded killer who lashes out with sudden fury and insolent superiority. As Gabe, he's a dutiful lawman and devoted husband. (Sin City's Carla Gugino plays his wife.) In the middle are Multiverse cops played by Delroy Lindo (Domino, Romeo Must Die) and Jason Statham (Crank), who lead a super supporting cast.

Director James Wong and his co-writer, Glen Morgan, are X-Files veterans who know their sci-fi. Choreographed by Cory Yuen (also of Li's Kiss of the Dragon), the best fight has Li battling himself, with each character using different techniques.

The One is one film whose far-out concept works.


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