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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
Tucker Smallwood ...
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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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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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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The scene where we first meet gabe's wife (Carla gugino) when she's getting ready to see if gabe is alright after being attacked, the background sound of the TV is heard playing the movie final destination (2000) one of james Wong's and glen Morgan's earlier films. See more »


During the climactic fight in the power plant, the part in the hair of both characters keeps changing from left to right to left again, as the film is flipped to aid in scene composition. 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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Why wait for the "MATRIX" 2?
6 November 2001 | by (Los Angeles California) – See all my reviews

What do you have when you combine the mind blowing effects of the matrix, with the smooth talent of Martial Arts Master Jet LI?? You have THE ONE!! This movie rocks!! Finally, this is a movie that has the budget to support jet li's mastery and skills! Jet li shines, the special effects only compliment what this man can do, to tell you the truth jet li is the only special effect you need to see, but the 75 million dollar budget on effects doesn't hurt either. Why wait for the matrix 2? It's already Here

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