The One


The One

Critics Consensus

The One plays more like a video game than a movie and borrows freely from other, better sci-fi actioners, burying Jet Li's spectacular talents under heaps of editing and special effects.



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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 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.

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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 Inmate
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

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Audience Reviews for The One

  • Sep 03, 2017
    Maybe if I watched it when I was 12 I would of loved it but now I'm pushing 30 I have a more sensible review in mind, The action was very over the top and it was ok I suppose, Allot of stunt wire work never appeals to me, I did like the story but the acting was pretty poor from all the cast and Jason Stathams American accent was laughable at times, It's not a terrible movie more of a let down.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2013
    It's Jet Li vs. Jet Li in The One. When an outlaw attempts to gain godlike powers by killing off other versions of himself throughout different universes to absorb their energy, two agents are sent to capture him before he can become the One. Co-starring Jason Statham, Carla Gugino, and Delroy Lindo, the cast is pretty good. However, there are some issues with the special effects; which have trouble visualizing the powers of the characters. And while the science fiction elements are quite interesting, the film doesn't really explore them in any depth. Still, the fight choreography is impressive and exciting. Light on story but heavy on special effects, The One is a solidly entertaining action film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2011
    Wow... absolutely horrible. Can't even describe how horrible it was. Do not watch this crapfest.
    Albert K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2011
    Interesting idea. Sa it so long ago I can't rememeber how good it was though.
    Jon L Super Reviewer

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