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The One (2001)

The One (2001)

The One



Critic Consensus: The One plays out more like a video game than a movie and borrows freely from other, better sci-fi actioners like the The Matrix. Also, Jet Li's martial arts abilities are buried under the editing and special effects.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for intense action violence and some language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: James Wong, Glen Morgan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 5, 2002
Box Office: $43.9M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Jet Li
as Gabe/Yulaw/Lawless
Carla Gugino
as T.K./Massie Walsh
Delroy Lindo
as Roedecker/Attendant
Jason Statham
as Evan Funsch
James Morrison
as Aldrich/A World Inma...
Steve Rankin
as MVA Supervisor
Tucker Smallwood
as Prison Warden
David Keats
as MRI Technician
Dean Norris
as Sgt. Siegel
Ron Zimmerman
as Rotten Ronnie
Clement Blake
as Penal Colony Inmate
Joel Stoffer
as Dr. Franklin
Kimberly Patton
as Dr. Hamilton
Denney Pierce
as ER Security Guard
Boots Southerland
as ER Security Guard
Ken Kerman
as `A' World Inmate
Kevin Indio Copeland
as `A' World Inmate
Marco Verdier
as `C' World Inmate
Teddy Lane Jr.
as `C' World Inmate
Narinder Samra
as Dr. Hackler
Clement E. Blake
as Penal Colony Inmate
Bill Dunnam
as Penal Colony Inmate
Edward James Gage
as Factory Worker
B.T. Taylor
as Male Orderly
Thanh T. Tran
as Sleeping Boy
Peter McKernan Jr.
as Helicopter Pilot
Alan Purwin
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for The One

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (30)

Wong's efficiently creepy Final Destination was as much memento mori as teen disposal unit, but in The One the maze of death leads only to exhaustion.

Full Review… | November 6, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

This sci-fi/martial arts hybrid has the stale aura of a product assembled out of bits of other action movies.

November 3, 2001
New York Post
Top Critic

Bullets fly, lights flash, action occurs, time goes by, but nothing actually happens.

Full Review… | March 31, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Hasn't enough good dialogue here for one Yulaw, never mind two.

Full Review… | May 22, 2003

A sci-fi kung-fu mish-mash of dreck . . . The use of stand-ins is obvious and the resolution is ludicrous.

Full Review… | March 19, 2003

All I know is, if there are really multiple parallel universes, I pity all the versions of me that have to watch all the versions of this movie.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The One

Wow... absolutely horrible. Can't even describe how horrible it was. Do not watch this crapfest.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer


Stealing the power of the universes one by one.

An OK movie. More Jet Li action, not much different from his other roles. The movie was a little confusing to me but nevertheless nothing really appealed too much to me. The special effects didn't look so special and the acting wasn't there either. This movie is for Jet Li fans. The last fight between the 2 Jet Li's was pretty good I gotta admit but that was it. Nice cast but not used to there full extent.

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. Will Gabe be able to confront Yulaw before or after Yulaw ruins his life?

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

A former agent who policed the various different universes finds that killing the other versions of himself increases his own abilities and so sets out to murder them all and become a super being. On paper, this interesting alternate reality premise and the idea of two Jet Lis battling each other sounds great, but the workmanlike direction and unimaginative plot turns it into an unrelenting exercise in mediocrity. Essentially a shoddy Matrix clone, the action sequences are clumsy and unexciting and the cast struggle with their cardboard cut out characters, especially Jason Statham who is saddled with a wholly unconvincing American accent. This kind of meat and potatoes generic sci fi flick should be left to keeping the likes of Mark Dacascos in leather trousers; like all of the other Asian stars who get lumbered with similar second rate projects in their attempt to break the US, Jet Li is above this.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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