The One (2001)

JAMES WONG

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 2001.  Revolution Studios, Hard Eight Pictures.  Screenplay by , James Wong.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Lackluster science-fiction film has  battling himself in the “multiverse”, a series of parallel universes severely policed by “multiverse agents” who control inter-universe travel. Everyone has a version of themselves on each of them and one of Li’s doubles, a former agent gone bad, is determined to kill his counterparts and become the only One, thus possibly upsetting the balance of the entire system. Having killed all but one of his copies, it is up to the last remaining ‘good’ Li to stop him, with the help of his wife () and multiverse agents  and . The very long and complicated sequence in which Li fights with himself is perfectly executed and choreographed, but the rest of it is a lifeless rehash of plots Jean-Claude Van Damme was doing years ago with more imagination. Li’s command of the English language is still a hindrance to his acting success, and Statham’s American accent is laughable.  Even martial arts fans are encouraged to look elsewhere.

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