Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail.
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
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 »
When Gabe is going over the high wall at the police station to catch Yulaw, the barbed wire on top of the wall he struggles through is obviously made of rubber/foam. See more »
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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German theatrical version was edited for violence to secure a "Not under 16" rating. See more »
To be fair, "The One" isn't a direct ripoff of "Highlander" (something I've never considered worthy of ripping off to begin with). It's more like "Highlander" meets "Sliders," only not quite as awful as that sounds - but the team of James Wong and Glen Morgan just toss away any potential of its premise in favour of endless shoot-'em-ups (or kick-'em-ups, as it were) and unimpressive digital effects.
Jet Li is certainly better at playing twins than Jean-Claude Van Damme, but the movie's too rushed to take any advantage of its storyline (even with the end credits it comes in at less that 90 minutes); it also doesn't thrill as much as it should, and often doesn't really make much sense even on its own terms - "The One" officially becomes irredeemably stupid when the good Li dons an outfit like the one the bad Li is wearing, when it would have been safer (and more sensible) for him to continue wearing the white gown he had on before, what with the police and the multiverse police officers (Delroy Lindo and Jason Statham) after the one in said outfit.
It's nasty and brutish, and it's also stupid and dull (even unto the climax), but it is short. Messrs Wong and Morgan have still to make up for "Space: Above and Beyond."
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