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At Theaters: 11/2/2001 On Video: 3/5/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 26 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 359902
Studio: Sony Pictures Inc.
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Parallel universes collide when a rogue agent assigned to monitor these universes begins eliminating versions of himself in each alternate reality. Assuming more energy and power with each version he destroys, he must finally confront the one man standing between himself and his ultimate goal... to be The One.
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Action Sci-Fi Thriller - Typical martial arts film, lots of great action, very little story. This one is even skimpier on the story than most, but the action is nearly non-stop. "The One" is strictly for martial arts fans. The sci-fi aspects (traveling between parallel universes) probably isn't enough to interest true sci-fi fans.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jet Li KISS OF THE DRAGON, ROMEO MUST DIE, BLACK MASK
Carla Gugino SPY KIDS, THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, SNAKE EYES
Jason Statham GHOSTS OF MARS
Delroy Lindo ROMEO MUST DIE, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES
Director: James Wong FINAL DESTINATION
Producer: Glen Morgan FINAL DESTINATION
Producer: Steven Chasman KISS OF THE DRAGON
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About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
About The Location
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 GD, 9 S-words, NO F-words, a few milder ones.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Lots of martial arts fighting. Many killed by guns. Nothing especially graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: LOTS of great martial arts fighting, shootouts and chases..
COMEDY: Only a couple of mildly funny remarks.
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Below Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Below Average
"Okay, I know -- it's an action film. Li, as always, kicks and leaps and twirls with razory grace, but his broken English is a good deal less charming than Jackie Chan's, and it's hardly much of a thrill to see ''The One'' recycle, on a lower budget, the slo-mo bullet dodges from The Matrix, along with unspectacular variations on several other of that film's time-bending demolition-ballet effects.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Below Average "The One represents bad action, worse drama, and excruciating science fiction. The film is adept only when it comes to crafting visually arresting images, and that's hardly a good reason to spend 80-odd minutes in a theater.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Below Average "The movie offers brainless high-tech action without interesting dialogue, characters, motivation or texture. In other words, it's sure to be popular. Seeing a movie like this makes me feel bad that I applied such high standards to last week's "Donnie Darko," which also deals with logical paradoxes, and by comparison, is a masterpiece.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "the movie devolves rapidly into a series of chases, gun fights and martial arts battles, complete with the now de riguer wire work, suspended-motion photography and cheesy CGI effects. Pseudo sci-fi gobbledygook aside, X-Files alumni James Wong and Glen Morgan's script is little more than an excuse for Jet Li to kick his own butt, which he does energetically and often.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 197 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
46
Very High
89%
13-19Teens (F)
22
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
43
High
95%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
27
High
85%
30+Adults (M)
34
Fairly High
97%
30+Adults (F)
25
Fairly High
80%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Most moviegoers enjoyed "The One." These are some very good opinions. There are some low opinions, but that's very common for this type of movie because a martial arts fan will bring a companion who's not a fan. I would recommend "The One" to martial arts fans.

As you can see, this movie attracted more males than females, but the females seemed to enjoy it nearly as much as the males.

The only difference age seemed to have in the opinions was that the younger crowd gave slightly higher opinions than the adults.

Most indicated that it was pretty much what they expected. Most would recommend it to select friends, which is understandable for this type of movie.

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
Strictly for martial arts fans. The story is nearly non-existent. There's just enough to create a reason to stage another big fight. While there are a few special effects scenes that you haven't seen before, most of it is just more of the same from Jet Li. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as long as you're a fan. Everyone else should probably skip "The One."


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Alternate life waves exist in alternate universes. This is a fact that everyone at the Multiverse Bureau of Investigation accepts and upholds. Every Multiverse Agent, that is, but former Multiverse investigator Gabriel Yulaw. Yulaw, as he is better known, has traversed 123 universes hunting down and destroying his alternate life forces. As he slays each one, his remaining alter egos absorb the power and strength of those alternate life forces, gaining superhuman abilities. Yulaw continues his rampage, eradicating "himself" in each universe in an attempt to achieve his ultimate goal—to be the only one.

No one knows what the magnitude of such a phenomenon will be. No one can say what will happen to the delicate balance of the many universes if he is successful in his obsessive endeavor.

The other Gabriel Yulaw, known as Gabe, is the last alternate life wave standing between Yulaw and his ultimate goal. He is a great husband and an honored veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. Gabe's life is shattered when Yulaw, hotly pursued by M.V.A., enters his universe. But saving himself—the only alternative left to him—isn't as simple as killing his evil twin from another world. Unbeknownst to Gabe, if Yulaw dies, the Multiverse Bureau of Investigation has strict orders to ensure that Gabe, too, does not become The One.
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