The One

Year: 2001
Studio: Revolution Studios
Director: James Wong
Producer: James Wong/Glen Morgan
Writer: James Wong/Glen Morgan
Cast: Jet Li, Delroy Lindo, Jason Statham, Carla Gugino

While it's a potent and fairly entertaining blend of karate action and science fiction it's very much a Li vehicle.

The story was hardly fleshed out – the entire premise was rattled of by Jason Statham's character in half a minute. In a nutshell, a criminal (Li) is moving between universes in the near future killing other incantations of himself, making the original absorb the strength of the others and approach invincibility. Hot on his tail are two agents who police traffic between universes (Lindo and Statham).

The computer generated effects – especially in the fight scenes – got a bit too cartoonish at times (and totally malign Li's recent Total Film interview when he talked about not relying on effects in future because audiences didn't like them in Romeo Must Die). The climactic fight was too orgasmic, Snatch's cockney con Statham's atrociously hammy mouth-to-one-side tough guy American accent is embarrassing. Li's acting came as close to adequate as I've ever seen it until the cornball "You have to kill me as well... I don't care" line.

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