Jet Vs. Jet
The One
Review by Ross Anthony

Assume the universe is only one of many universes and you are only one version of yourself, would you want to share the "multiverse" with the other yous? Jet Li doesn't (or at least one version of himself doesn't). He's on a mission to be the only ONE. And that means a lot of action attacking. However, of the 123 Li-victims, "The One" only shows two such conflicts.

It's an interesting concept and one that has so many juicy possibilities, but this particular "Version" of the idea deletes nearly all ripe tangents in an effort to focus on action. So you might expect good action then, and yes, there are "Matrix" moments -- some stunning in fact. But, by the end of the film, they seem too few and too burdened by less than average story telling.

Jet is great, I love Jet. In truth, I think he's a pretty darned-good actor beyond his martial abilities - I believe who he is on screen. But how many times am I supposed to watch these two stereotypical ultra-verse cops let him slip through their hands? When potentially all of existence is at risk if only one Jet prevails. That's just not smart. Am I supposed to ignore the fact that regular people die all the time of natural causes and eventually, without need of martial arts would have only one of them alive? Unless of course, some power made all versions of ourselves die at the same instant ... but then that would need to be explained in the film. Anyway, I just didn't fall for the catastrophic predictions if only one existed ... but since these impotent cops did worry about it ... why did they let Jet go over and over and over and over?

  • The One. Copyright © 2001. Rated PG-13.
  • Starring Jet Li, Delroy Lindo, Jason Statham, Carla Gugino.
  • Directed by James Wong.
  • Written by Glen Morgan, James Wong.
  • Produced by Glen Morgan, Steven Chasman.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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