The One (2001)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller


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A rogue Multiverse agent goes on a manhunt for alternate versions of himself, getting stronger with each kill. Only the last version of himself, an LASD cop, can stop his crusade before he becomes "The One".


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2 November 2001 | BigGuy
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| A fun movie
After watching most of the recent action movies, I left the theatre with a headache brought on by incredibly tight/shaky shots and edits so fast that any hope of seeing anything is lost. This movie takes a step back from that. It isn't entirely devoid of those annoyances, but is much better than most. In fact, at times, you can even see a whole string of punches and blocks without a cut or a shake! Of course there is the inevitable wire work, that combined with the necessary special effects to allow Jet Li to fight himself. But for once there is an excuse other than "because we can".

The story is pretty simple. A murdering criminal is killing all the copies of himself in all the other "universes". Each time one dies the life force/resonant string thing, gets divided amoungst the survivors. Of course this leaves a ton of questions that aren't addressed at all in the movie, but I can live with that since those are more topics for debate after having fun at the movie. That is one of the strengths of the movie, the progressively more intense action. As the movie progress, rather than trying to deal with any question the viewer might have, the pace and intensity of the movie goes up. The final action sequence is probably ten minutes long all told, which, to me, is a sign of a true action movie, as opposed to movies with action.

Overall I give it a 8/10 for fans of the genre. If you aren't particularly interested in sci-fi/martial arts, especially if you have a problem with wire work and blue-screens, then you might want to skip it.

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Trivia

Filmed in 2001 but supposedly set well into Earth's future, in the first Earth-universe scene at the Earth-prison (about 20 minutes into the movie), just before Law attacks the prison guards transferring a prisoner, a prison TV airs a news channel reporting this Earth's US Gov't is likely to enact "Universal Health Care" for its citizens . . . little did the movie's producers know that in just nine years, the Barack Obama Administration would pass the Affordable Care Act.


Quotes

Narrator: There is not one universe. There are many: A multiverse. We have the technology to travel between universes, but travel is highly restricted and policed. There is not one you. There are many. Each of us exists in present time, in parallel universes....


Goofs

While talking to Gabe and describing the multiverse, Funsch says "In another, you're married to the same woman. In another, to a different woman. In another, you're married to a man." This illustrates a significant plot hole within the premise of the film. Since over time, people would not marry the same people, would not marry, or would engage in homosexual marriage which would likewise preclude the same parents, each universe could not be populated by exactly the same people as was shown. In most books and movies in the "meet your other self in a parallel universe" genre, this would not be a problem, as it has become an accepted logical blind spot, a bit of artistic license. However, a character mentioning this within the story, breaks the illusion and negates this particular artistic license.


Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was edited for violence to secure a "Not under 16" rating.


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Written by
Dave Williams, Mike Luce, C.J. Pierce and Stevie Benton
Performed by Drowning Pool
Courtesy of Wind-up Entertainent, Inc.

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Genres

Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Box Office

Budget:

$49,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,112,404 4 November 2001

Gross USA:

$43,905,746

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,005,691

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