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The One

3.7 10
Director: James Wong

Cast: Jet Li, Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo


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Former X-Files writer James Wong makes his sophomore feature as a director at the helm of this science fiction thriller that's reminiscent of Timecop (1994). In the near future, a technology called "quantum tunneling" allows human beings to travel between parallel universes. The abuse of this ability by criminal elements has led to the formation of the


Former X-Files writer James Wong makes his sophomore feature as a director at the helm of this science fiction thriller that's reminiscent of Timecop (1994). In the near future, a technology called "quantum tunneling" allows human beings to travel between parallel universes. The abuse of this ability by criminal elements has led to the formation of the Multi-Verse Authorities or "MVA," an agency of quantum traveling cops who apprehend violators of inter-dimensional laws. The MVA faces its greatest crisis when a former agent named Gabriel Yulaw (Jet Li) goes renegade, traveling between one universe and the next, murdering his own parallel selves and gaining enormous power with each slaying. It is believed that when Yulaw has become "the one," the only version of himself to exist, he will be omnipotent, but the final Gabriel Yulaw exists in our plane of existence (the "magna universe") and is also becoming stronger, though he doesn't understand why. Hot on the evil Yulaw's trail are his former partner Harry Roedecker (Delroy Lindo) and Harry's new colleague Evan Funsch (Jason Statham). Created with Wong's longtime writing and producing partner Glen Morgan, The One (2001) co-stars Carla Gugino.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
If you can’t get enough of martial-arts superstar Jet Li, this imaginative, supercharged, futuristic thriller should be just what you need. The One takes a new look at an old science-fiction premise -- that hundreds of parallel universes coexist simultaneously in different dimensions. One of these is home to a villainous Li, who discovers that every time he kills his double on an alternate Earth, he absorbs the equivalent’s life force and grows stronger. Nearly unstoppable, he gets unexpected and spirited resistance from one of his last remaining counterparts, an idealistic sheriff’s deputy accused of crimes committed by his evil duplicate. Director James Wong (Final Destination) employs state-of-the-art special effects to convince viewers that Li is fighting himself in several intricately staged confrontations and surrounds his histrionically challenged star with top-flight performers. These include Delroy Lindo, who is first-rate as the relentless, unflappable pursuer of the evil Li; and Carla Gugino, very affecting as the good Li’s love interest, whose faith in her sweetheart is severely shaken by seemingly incontrovertible evidence that he’s gone berserk. Implausibilities aside (and there are many), The One remains a sturdily produced star vehicle that supplies all the dynamic action and visceral thrills Li’s fans expect. Wong and co-scriptwriter Glen Morgan provide a feature-length commentary for the DVD, which also includes a making-of featurette, trailers, cast filmographies, and before-and-after comparisons of the computer-generated effects used in the fight scenes.
San Francisco Examiner
I'm happy to report that Jet Li's fourth American film crosses the finish line as far and away the best of them. Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Sony Pictures
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Director & Crew Commentary, Making-of: Jet Li is "The One," Multiverses Create "The One," About Face, The Many Faces of Jet Li; Animatic Comparison

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jet Li Gabe/Yulaw/Lawless
Carla Gugino Massie,T.K.,Walsh
Delroy Lindo Harry Roedecker/Attendant
Jason Statham Funsch
James Morrison Aldrich/"A" World Inmate #1
Dylan Bruno Yates
Richard Steinmetz D'Antoni
Bill Dunnam Penal Colony Inmate
Ken Kerman "A" World Inmate
Peter McKernan Helicopter Pilot
Dean Norris Sgt. Siegel
Denney Pierce ER Security Guard
Tucker Smallwood Prison Warde
Boots Southerland ER Security Guard
B.T. Taylor Male Orderly
Clement Blake Penal Colony Inmate
Harriet Sansom Harris Nurse Besson
Mark Borchardt Cesar
Alan Purwin Helicopter Pilot
Kevin Indio Copeland "A" World Inmate
Edward James Gage Factory Worker
David Keats MRI Technician
Teddy Lane "C" World Inmate
Darin Morgan Hugo
Kimberly Patton Dr. Hamilton
Steve Rankin MVA Supervisor
Narinder Samra Dr. Hackler
Joel Stoffer Dr. Franklin
Thanh T. Tran Sleeping Boy
Marco Verdier "C" World Inmate
Archie Kao Woo
Ron Zimmerman Rotten Ronnie

Technical Credits
James Wong Director,Screenwriter
Laura Albert Stunts
Simon Allen Animator
Steve Arguello Animator
Kevin Bailey Animator
Jeff Barnes Executive Producer
Gregory J. Barnett Stunts
Stan Barrett Stunts
Michael Benson Cinematographer
Lori Benson-Noda Animator
Jan K. Bergstrom Set Decoration/Design
Mahaliel Bethea Stunts
Matt Birman Stunts
Mike Bondelli Stunts
Bryan Bowen Sound Editor
Mike Bozulich Animator
Nick Brett Stunts
Jophery Brown Stunts
Computer Cafe Special Effects
Christopher Caso Stunts
Mark Chadwick Stunts
Steven Chasman Producer
James Coblentz Editor
Harry Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Max Daniels Stunts
Brennan Doyle Special Effects Supervisor
Chrisi Karvonides Dushenko Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Chen Stunts
Digital Filmworks Special Effects
Eddie Fiola Stunts
George Fisher Stunts
Christian Fletcher Stunts
Cory Rocco Florimonte Animator
Shark Fralick Stunts
Terry Frazee Special Effects Supervisor
Todd Garner Executive Producer
Hector Gika Sound Editor
Jeff Goldman Animator
Al Goto Stunts
Kian Yong Guo Stunts
Trevor Harder Animator
Gene Hartline Stunts
Craig Hayes Special Effects Supervisor
Tom Horton Stunts
Casey Hotchkiss Camera Operator
Kai Sen Huang Stunts
Tommy Huff Stunts
Steve Hulin Stunts
Steve Ito Stunts
Victor Ivanov Stunts
Kevin Jackson Stunts
Kathy Jarvis Stunts
Craig Jensen Stunts
Aaron Justus Stunts
Randy Kelley Sound Editor
Jon Kishi Stunts
Hiro Koda Stunts
Steve Lambert Stunts
Les Larson Stunts
Feng Lin Stunts
Patrick Lowery Animator
Rusty McClennon Stunts
Chyna McCoy Stunts
Robert McLachlan Cinematographer
Bill Miller Animator
Brandon Molale Stunts
Ken Moreno Stunts
Glen Morgan Producer,Screenwriter
Jason C. Morgan Stunts
Charles James Newirth Executive Producer
Lin Oeding Stunts
Akira Orikasa Animator
Vladimir Orlov Stunts
Tom Ozanich Sound Editor
John Papsidera Casting
Patricia Peters Stunts
Dan Plum Stunts
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Jimmy Romano Stunts
Geoffrey G. Rubay Sound/Sound Designer
Lata Ryan Executive Producer
Minory Sasaki Animator
Sharon Schaffer Stunts
Tom Schelesney Animator
Ann Scibelli Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Scott Stunts
Joanna Shelmidine Stunts
Greg Silverman Executive Producer
Tim Sitarz Stunts
David Snyder Production Designer
Paul Sonski Art Director
Erik Stabenau Stunts
Ivan Stewart Stunts
Brian Stewart Stunts
Tippett Studio Special Effects
Gabriel Vargas Animator
Banzai Vitale Stunts
David Wald Stunts
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision
Garrett Warren Stunts
William Washington Stunts
Ric Waugh Stunts
Scott Waugh Stunts
Eleanora Winslow-Price Makeup
Peter Zinda Sound Editor

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The One 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was by far the coolest I've seen in a long time. The effects were so cool, and the story line keep you interested. True, you can't miss minutes at a time and get the overall thrust of the movie. I can sum it up to three things: Great Director, Great actors, and Great Soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, I admit it. I did kind of like this movie. Fighting was great and all that, but...come on! It doesn't really...make sense. This guy kills off himself in other dimensions so he can become a god? What? They could take the time to explain SOMEthings to us, but i can't blame them for not. It's hard to explain dimension travelling when your...fighting yourself?
Guest More than 1 year ago
this film is good because of the awesome special affect, great story line wot more can say just brilliant
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Jet Li, but I agree with that other person, nothing about this movie made sense. I didn't get the plot at all, if there was one. BUT, if you want to turn off your brain & watch Jet Li kick butt, this will do for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far Jet Li's most exhilarating, exciting and thoroughly enertaining title to date. State of the art ''face cloning'' features aid in the film's climax, the inevitable Jet v Jet end scene. The film was made to be an action packed, martial arts movie with enthralling special effects. The only complaints to be made about this film include the rather uninspiring script and a certain member of the cast. Jason Stratham's stupid facial expressions must, for some reason, aid in the pronunciation of words in his poor american accent. An incredible must-see action movie with the Fantastic Jet Li.
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