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The One
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Oct 7, 2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
The One order
Director:
James Wong

Actors:
Jet Li
Delroy Lindo
Carla Gugino

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Set in many parallel universes (a multiverse, as they say), an evil killer named Yulaw (Jet Li) is going around murdering his doubles. As he rubs them off, he gains their speed, agility and power. He has only one left to become The One, but unfortunately for him, that one is Gabe (Jet Li), and even though he canít really understand whatís happening, heís not going down without a fight.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This movie is more than decent if only because of the heart-damaging action sequences. Add to that Carla Guginoís cute ass, Delroy Lindo getting a beating and to top it all off, Jet Li fighting Jet Li. WowÖ talk about a recipe for a night of DVD watching! Although you have to keep in mind that your brain should be left on the kitchen table when you sit down to watch this thing, it delivers where it should. Some wild fights and some pretty stunning special effects make this pure eye-candy. Again, please donít expect this to be CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. If you donít want mindless stuff, donít even bother but if youíre in for some Jet Li action, tune in. On a personal note, I canít stand Delroy Lindo and Iíve always loved movies in which he is the recipient of savage beatings. This movie delivers in that respect. Iím also a big fan of Carla Gugino, so if anyone has her phone number, my e-mailís at the bottom of this page. Call me!
THE EXTRAS
Some pretty neat stuff appears on this DVDís extras section. We begin with a tour of the documentary files, with ďJet Li is The OneĒ. Itís become obligatory it seems on Jet Li DVDís to show a documentary talking about how great a martial artist he is. Donít get me wrong, he really is but this is nothing new. This 15-minute documentary talks about Jet and his prowess at ass-kicking and about The One. You can afford to skip it. Next up is another 15-minute documentary entitle ďMultiverses create The One: Making OfĒ. This, of course, is your standard "Making Of" featurette. Concept, project, casting, production, this, that, nothing new, but always interesting to the same degree as you liked the movie. If you liked it, youíll want to catch that and understand why Jet Li replaced The Rock on this project.

The next featurette is pretty cool. Entitled ďAbout FaceĒ, itís a 5-minute explanation of the technology used to create confrontations between Jet and himself. Since the interactions were pretty close, you need a bit more than smoke and mirrors to pull it off. You can see some of the results in the next bit, called ďThe Many Faces of Jet LiĒ. This is pretty funny. Itís sort of a Police line-up of Yulawís victims and portrays Jet Li in attires you would never imagine. Good for a chuckle. The last meaty part of the features is an animatics comparison. Much like storyboard-to-film comparisons, this incorporates the initial concept of the scene, except itís shot with little toy action figures. Itís hilarious to watch!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Very decent action film, which you should only rent if youíre into the genre. I personally canít find a very high degree of rewatch value, but itís definitely a kick to see at least once. I canít really give it ďbuyĒ status, but it was fun to watch while chowing down on popcorn.
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