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The One (2001)

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A rogue Multiverse agent goes on a manhunt for versions of himself, getting stronger with each kill. With only one version remaining, he races against the clock to finish him and become "The One."

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James Wong
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Gabe Law / Gabriel Yulaw / Lawless
Carla Gugino ... T.K. Law / Massie Walsh
Delroy Lindo ... MVA Agent Harry Roedecker / Gas Station Attendant
Jason Statham ... MVA Agent Evan Funsch
James Morrison ... LAPD Officer Bobby Aldrich / 'A' World Inmate #1
Dylan Bruno ... Yates
Richard Steinmetz ... D'Antoni
Steve Rankin ... MVA Supervisor
Tucker Smallwood ... Prison Warden
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Nurse Besson
David Keats David Keats ... MRI Technician
Dean Norris ... Sgt. Siegel
Ron Zimmerman ... Rotten Ronnie
Darin Morgan ... Hugo
Mark Borchardt ... 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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What if you discovered the most dangerous man in the universe was you. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El único See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$49,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,112,404, 4 November 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,905,746, 16 December 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,783,380
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Wong and Glen Morgan wanted Shirley Walker to score the film, but Revolution Studios insisted that they hire Trevor Rabin instead. See more »

Goofs

Several times police handguns are shown stopping tactical officers that are wearing heavy body armor via a single shot to the body. Armor such as that would stop any handgun round used by police. See more »

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[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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Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was edited for violence to secure a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

Connections

References Highlander (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Last Resort
Written and Performed by Papa Roach
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A fun movie
2 November 2001 | by BigGuySee 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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