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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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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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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:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the shootout at the beginning of the film, the LAPD officers in the Anubis Universe are all armed with M4A1 carbine assault rifles fitted with the M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System. At the time of filming, the M26 was an experimental shotgun being developed for the United States Army by C-More Systems, and it was not available to the public. The M26s used in the film were prototype versions loaned to the production by C-More Systems, under a promotional agreement; they were later returned to the company after filming was completed. See more »

Goofs

The Gas Station Attendant reports violence by "a Chinese man". All he would know is that the man is of East Asian appearance. See more »

Quotes

[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

Referenced in Barbie: The Pearl Princess (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Down With The Sickness
Written by Dan Donegan, David Draiman, Fuzz (as Steve Kmak) and Mike Wengren
Performed by Disturbed
Courtesy of Giant Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Jon Monsarrat review: action movie fans, rally!
1 April 2002 | by johnnymonsarratSee all my reviews

Hey! Why'd this film get such a low rating?

I hope it's not due to the drama / arty types. I swear they walk into an Arnold Schwartzenegger film and start critiquing the dialogue or the deep cinematic reflections on life. I think they may have formed a false expectation. Action movies don't aim for that stuff, so it's a little unfair to then expect it.

Mostly stuff blows up in "The One", and I'm totally OK with that, being an action movie buff. What's weird is that you know they're using lots of wires and some of the stunts are a little overdone. But forget the fictional character's skill -- just the skill you'd need as a stuntman or stuntwoman making this movie to perform some of these stunts is truly impressive!

Let me warn you that the plot is a pretty stupid, and while billed as a science fiction film it really is not. However, it's nowhere near as bad as sub-intelligent flicks "Independence Day" and "Mission Impossible". It was more like "Mission Impossible 2". And lots and lots of stuff blows up.

Compared to Jackie Chan, Jet Li's films have more action, but it's stunt-like rather than natural, more of an "edge" (including blood and gore), less comedy, and he speak better English. I still prefer Jackie. If you're new to martial arts films, ease yourself in with accessible Jackie Chan action/comedies "Shanghai Noon" or "Twin Dragons".

Who should see this film:

-- action movie buffs and borderline action movie types

who will trade over-violence for under-plotting.

And don't drag along your SO.

-- sci-fi movie buffs who don't form expectations of real sci-fi

and like action flicks

-- I can't think of anyone else.

I'll give "The One" an 8 out of 10.


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