The One | South China Morning Post
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The One

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 February, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 February, 2002, 12:00am

Starring: Jet Li, Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo, Jason Statham

Director: James Wong

The film: Jet Li has been skirting Hollywood stardom since he stole the show as sinister triad boss Wah Sing Ku in the otherwise lamentable Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). But he seems to be suffering the same fate as fellow 'cross-over' star Chow Yun-fat when it comes to making the switch from Asian to American films; Hollywood doesn't know what to do with him. And so it is with The One - a Li vehicle that never really gives its star a chance. In this futuristic tale, humans are able to 'tunnel', or travel, between parallel universes. It all gets a bit confusing but basically things start to go wrong when a particularly nasty piece of work named Gabriel Yulaw (Li) starts jumping from universe to universe and knocking off his alter egos, most of whom aren't that bad at all. The more he kills, the stronger he gets; the idea being that once he wipes them all out - and becomes 'The One' - he will be immortal. And so the good-guy version of Li living in our universe starts to feel the heat as the bad guy closes in. It all leads to a stunning sequence when the final two incarnations of Li face off - by far and away the film's brightest moment. Unfortunately, there's little more to this than a few set pieces and there's just not enough of them to cover over what is an ultimately lame production. And Li is never asked to do anything more than kick up his heels.

The extras: Fight fans will love the action in the feature and be looking for more from the bonuses, but there's not much on offer other than the usual commentary track, a few trailers and some interesting animation.

The verdict: Apart from a few choice fight scenes, it is a swing and a miss.


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