ONE, THE: DVD
In parallel universes there exist 123 copies of each person. Yulaw (Jet Li) has broken the
law of the multiverse and travelled to parallel worlds where he has systematically
murdered his doubles, assuming their physical and mental strengths in the process. Yulaw's
last surviving double is LA sheriff's deputy Gabe Law (Jet Li). Pursued by multiverse
detectives Roedecker (Delroy Lindo) and Funsch (Jason Statham), Yulaw materialises in LA
and seeks the final kill that will make him The One.
Review by Richard Kuipers:
Originally intended as a star vehicle for The Rock (he chose The Scorpion King instead),
The One is an actioner with the saving grace of Jet Li's fighting prowess. It's just as
well the Chinese superman is called on to display his ability every five minutes,
otherwise we might stop and ask why the evil Yulaw wants to kill all 123 of his other
selves. The idea of parallel universes is a good one and with a much more intelligent
script The One might have taken on Matrix-like layers of intrigue (not to mention
Matrix-like sequel opportunities).
As it stands we're asked to accept a villain who wants to eliminate his parallel beings,
take their strength for himself and become...what? We're not given any decent explanation
other than Yulaw will become 'The One'. It's hard to become involved in this quest because
the ultimate prize is hazy at best. If you like a little logic in your sci-fi, this will
disappoint. If it's simply top-notch martial arts action and eye-popping special effects
you're after, this delivers the goods. Slo-mo, fast-mo, body disintegration, bullet
dodging, Cory Yuen stunt co-ordination and the sight of Jet Li fighting himself are much
more impressive than a plot that doesn't know what to do with its basic ingredients.
At 83 minutes (6 of which are end credits) The One at least has B-movie brevity on its
side. It also has an appealing star in Jet Li who just needs the right vehicle to break
into the American big time. This isn't 'the one' to do it, nor does it offer Delroy Lindo
or English actor Jason Statham (Lock, Stock...) much as the parallel universe cops on
On a big screen TV with surround sound this is worth a look but you'll probably feel like
it shoulda been more of a contender, especially from a director with Millennium and
X-files pedigree. An hour's worth of good extras and an OK commentary track round out a
decent rental proposition that only Jet Li devotees will probably want to purchase.
Published July 4, 2002
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You can buy it HERE - next day delivery within Australia
CAST: Jet Li, Jason Statham, Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo
DIRECTOR: James Wong
RUNNING TIME: 83 min
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 3 2002
SPECIAL FEATURES: Trailers, Audio Commentary with Director James Wong, DOP
Robert McLachlan, Production Designer David Snyder and Editor Jim Coblentz.
Featurettes: Jet Li 'The One', Creating the Multiverses, About Face, The Many
Faces of Jet Li, Animatic Comparisons, Filmographies. Languages: English,
French. Subtitles: English, English (H.O.H), French, Arabic, Hindi. Special
Features also subtitled in French.