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Stealing the power of the universes one by one.
A sheriff's deputy fights an alternate universe version of himself who grows stronger with each alternate self he kills.
How can you possibly dislike a movie that has Jet Li frequently kicking arse to the tune of 90's hard rock? Answer: with great difficulty. The One is so ridiculous, so old school daft with its bonkers action theatrics, it's brazenly wonderful in places despite not technically being a particularly good movie. Directed by James Wong of Final Destination, who personally I'm predisposed to as being one of my favourite TV writers on The X-Files (my all time TV love), it of course revolves around the conceit that Jet Li gets to play both good and evil and fight himself, made at the time Jet Li was the coolest Hong Kong action star out there. The One has as many…
The One is simply so shit it's good.
Jet Li fights Jet Li.
Jason Statham attempts the WORST American accent you have ever heard.
Unfitting early 2000's nu-metal randomly accompanies every fight.
Disappointingly it's actually a premise with serious and plausible questions, but instead The One opts to showcase terribly CGI'd martial arts fights and nothing more.
Well, this all adds up to an enjoyable ride, it certainly jumps the shark on more than one occasion. Don't think about it too hard, you'll ruin it. It's meant to be enjoyed with your brain on break. Just enjoy the absolute ludicrousness of Statham's appalling accent. That's the highlight. How could anybody possibly think that was a good idea? I mean, the…
What do you get when you mix Jet Li, multiverses, Jason Statham doing a terrible American accent, the writer of Final Destination, the director of Final Destination, a shit load of recognisable late-90s-early-2000s metal (Let The Bodies Hit The Floor, anyone?), kick ass Kung Fu fight scenes with bursts of Matrix style slow motion, and a pace that's so fast it would make The Flash jealous?
A fucking awesome movie, that's what you get.
The plot is pretty dumb, there's too much CGI in the action, the acting is mediocre at best, and it doesn't really hide the fact that it's liberally lifting elements from other sci-fi/action films. All that said, some of the action is pretty damn cool, I personally liked some of the "parallel universe" aesthetic (and the warping effect), and I was never bored by it so it's just under a "like" rating for me.
Now, let the bodies hit the...
I'm not even giving this one star ironically, either.
Re-watched this. Fucking hell, it's early 2000s nonsense but it's so much demented fun. Parallel worlds and such will always be great, this should be seen as another Face/Off type weird ass classic.
Just another action film masquerading as sci-fi. This had a really cool concept, too, but was too busy loading itself up with action scenes to develop it very much.
Some movies that were cool when you were 13 stop being cool because it turns out they were made by 13-year-olds for 13-year-olds. Now some bad movie review quips:
"Audiences would be better off with The None."
"This Jet Li vehicle is The One good nap I took all summer."
"On a weekday at your local dollar theater, you may find yourself to be The One in attendance."
[Let The Bodies Hit The Floor Plays]
[Down With The Sickness Plays]
are they gonna
the movie's almost over
[Last Resort plays]
THAT'S THREE THEY DID THE TRIFECTA, ALL THREE OF THE CLASSIC NU METAL EMO SONGS OH PERFECT WHAT A FINISH, WHAT A FINISH, THEY'LL BE HAVING A DRINK WITH THE BOYS LATER THAT'S FOR SURE, A WONDERFUL WONDERFUL SHOW
Oh boy.. i have to go back now and rewatch soomething like T2 to remind myself of how a big sci-fi action movie can also contain awesome characters and an interesting story.
"I am Yulaw! I am nobody's bitch! You are mine."
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What I remember of this from watching it in the theater: Jet Li, some cgi, martial arts, and a good song.
What I didn't remember: Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo, Dean Norris, so much nu metal, and Jason Statham with hair. Oh and a lot of cgi, cgi that hasn't aged all that well.
Statham was pretty bad in this. His mugging and acting were pretty painful. It's a good thing he choose the almost mute character in the Transporter the next year. That gave him some time to refine his acting.
This movie postulates what if there is more than one universe. And that all of these universes are held together by one single stream of energy and that energy is equally distributed to every living in each universe and if one of these beings die, that energy is reallocated equally to each other surviving member. And with each allocation, a person becomes stronger. Now one universe has master the ability of crossing into another universe, and a man named Shulaw who believes that if he can kill all of his counterparts, he will become invincible, but there are those who believe that it might have detrimental effects, so try and stop him. Unfortunately, he just has one more person to…
This is one of my new favorites in the so-bad-it's-actually-amazing category. Some of the special effects look kind of terrible, but I appreciate what they were trying to do. And even if it's a bit overused these days, I do enjoy the occasional slowed down action shot during a fight. The concept of the story itself is interesting, and Jet Li's obviously doing his best. (I loved all the different characters' photos and names in that one scene, btw.) Also, I will watch anything with Jason Statham in it. Several of these reviews say that he attempts an American accent in the movie. He did? I guess I missed that part somehow! He sounded exactly like classic Statham to me.…
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