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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gabe Law / Gabriel Yulaw / Lawless
... T.K. Law / Massie Walsh
... MVA Agent Harry Roedecker / Gas Station Attendant
... MVA Agent Evan Funsch
... LAPD Officer Bobby Aldrich / 'A' World Inmate #1
... Yates
... D'Antoni
... MVA Supervisor
... Prison Warden
... Nurse Besson
David Keats ... MRI Technician
... Sgt. Siegel
... Rotten Ronnie
... Hugo
... Cesar
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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 »


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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)  »

Also Known As:

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

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While talking to Gabe and describing the multiverse, Funsch says "In another, you're married to the same woman. In another, to a different woman. In another, you're married to a man." This illustrates a significant plot hole within the premise of the film. Since over time people would not marry the same people, would not marry, or engage in homosexual marriage which would likewise preclude the same parents, each universe could not be populated by exactly the same people as was shown. While films do have artistic license, a character mentioning this within the film negates any such artistic license. 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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Referenced in 15 Till Midnight (2010) See more »

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Written and Performed by Papa Roach
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Highlander with Kung Fu and alternate dimensions!
14 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Jet Li and Jet Li star in this goofy sci-fi flick about a power-hungry sociopath Yulaw (Jet Li) who goes dimension-hopping on a killing spree focused on his alternate universe counterparts. As Yulaw finally comes to what I must assume is our universe to kill the last remaining version of himself - Gabriel Law - both his and his counterpart's strength, intelligence and agility have been increased to superhuman levels by the deaths (quickenings?) of previous counterparts. Predictably, the pace is furious and deadly. Many people are caught up in the violence of the ensuing battle, and , of course, since the honest, hard-working and altogether decent Gabe Law appears to be responsible for all of it, he becomes a wanted fugitive. Besides being pursued by this earth's police, both men are also sought by an inter-dimensional police force seeking to imprison Yulaw on a far-off prison planet.

Gabe Law is a likable character who works as a prison guard and has a loving wife. The few minutes of character development permitted by the furious pace of this film are what makes it work. And although the plot seems a bit like a pastiche of recent sci-fi clichés, at least the combination of clichés assembled for The One is original.

Recommended for sci-fi action and martial arts fans.


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