One, The

Have Fun With Yourself

Main Cast: Jet Li, Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo, Jason Statham

Director: James Wong

Would you ever want to meet one of your 124 other selves? I figure, because of the law of averages, at least a few of them are more successful and married the cute redhead I knew (and they knew) in school. I find this depressing. Of course, a few would be worse off, and that would be even more depressing…

But that really isn’t the point of this wall-to-wall action flick. One of Jet Li’s selves, Yulaw, has gone around the multi-universe killing all his other selves: 123, as of near the beginning of the story. That’s when he is caught, but he manages to escape. That’s because power is distributed among the survivors when one version of you dies. That means Yulaw has 50% of ultimate power, and another version named Gabe, a policeman, has the other 50%. Yulaw now wishes to find Gabe and kill him, so he can become “The One”, which means “a god” to you and me.

Gabe is married to T.K. (Gugino) and knows nothing of all this, although I’m sure he’s had a few instances in his career when he was faster, stronger, etc. than the rest of his buddies. Chalk it up to good training, I guess. He learns of the whole multi-universe thing from an agent of the Multiverse Bureau of Investigations, a sort of FBI for the worlds. These two agents, Roedecker (Lindo) and Funsch (Statham) are after Yulaw. The rest of the movie is a good ole fashioned chase scene, where Yulaw poses as Gabe and gets him in trouble, and Gabe chases him, and is chased by the MBI agents… all that is simple set up for the fight scenes and special effects, which are pretty darn good.

I can recommend this one with reservations. It doesn’t try to by anything more than it is, a pretty neat action flick with the martial artist Jet Li. If that’s what you like, then you’ll love this one.

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