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The One(Superbit(TM)) (Sous-titres français)

Jet Li , Carla Gugino , James Wong    DVD
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The One
The One sets a martial arts milestone by pitting action star Jet Li against his greatest enemy: himself. This sci-fi thriller establishes a "multiverse" consisting of countless parallel universes, each populated by variants of every individual. Li plays a renegade from the Multiverse Agency, illegally traveling through "quantum tunnels" to eliminate all versions of himself until only two remain, each sharing the cumulative strength of their "parallel universe versions." This mumbo-jumbo inspires a variety of dazzling special effects, and director James Wong (with cowriter and fellow X-Files alumnus Glen Morgan) injects clever humor into the Matrix-derivative premise. Carla Gugino is wasted as the "good" Li's obligatory love interest, but The One will appeal to action fans with its fast-paced pursuit between the evil Li and two agents (Delroy Lindo, Jason Statham) assigned to stop his trans-universal killing spree. It's a one-gimmick movie, best enjoyed with your brain in neutral. --Jeff Shannon

The 6th Day
For a movie about cloning, it's only appropriate that The 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is instilled with a strong sense of déjà vu, namely from Arnold's previous "Who am I?" outing, Total Recall. In that movie, Arnold is a normal Joe who discovers that his entire reality has been co-opted by an evil conspiracy, and has to take his life back by force. The same premise applies here for Roger Spottiswoode's clever if overlong sci-fi thriller--Arnold thinks he's a regular guy leading a regular life, until a twist of fate puts him on the lam from a vast conspiracy that's replaced him with a clone. While he's trying to evade the evil genetics corporation--and its trendy, deadly, clone-friendly assassins (who don't care how many times they're killed: there's more where that came from)--his double is snuggling at home with his wife and daughter. And new legislation outlaws the existence of human clones, so somebody's got to go. But who gets to be live and who gets to be the dead Memorex man? Why does said genetics corporation want to clone people? How does the kindly scientist (Robert Duvall) fit in? What's the mystery behind the slick billionaire (Tony Goldwyn) who runs everything? It's all kind of irrelevant in the end, as long as it provides a chance for Arnold to indulge in some energetic mayhem and explosive action. What distinguishes The 6th Day is its sneaky, humorous--and chilling--look at the near future, taking everyday technological advances and turning them up just a couple notches, envisioning an era with cloned pets, virtual girlfriends, and computers running most everything, from the refrigerator to your car. Arnold is supposed to be a throwback to the "real" world--you can tell because he cherishes his vintage, navigation-system-free Cadillac--but as usual, he just brings his behemoth presence to the role and not much else. Still, he's a friendly enough hero, and he rolls with the punches (literally) all the way through to the end. Too bad the film overstays its welcome by about half an hour--a little shorter and it could have been a breezy sci-fi/action romp. With scene stealers Michael Rooker, Sarah Wynter, and Rod Rowland as the trio of cloned assassins who always come back--again and again. --Mark Englehart

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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD action, OK story line, silly movie. June 7 2002
GOOD ACTION, OK STORY LINE, silly movie.Get it if your action man movie.Dont get it if you dont like silly movies or ok story lines.I dont exactly reccomend it.....!!!!!!!!!!
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Many people might remember him as Jet Li, but for many Asian fans, he is still Li Lian Jie, a maestro of Shaolin martial arts. Now he is gone to Hollywood, and surely we miss him, not because his skills are not to be seen on big screen, but because he is utterly "Hollywood-nized." Though he is experiencing bigger things there, true fans know him through his films made in Hong Kong, and they know they are right.
"The One" is a sort of one extended, or I should say, stretched episode of "X-Files" series, which the director James Wong is deeply involved. Like his previous film "Final Destination," the film is built upon one unique premise, and here we are told in the opening that the universe is in reality a muti-verse, consisting of 125 different versions of the world. In one of them, Mr, Gore is the president of USA while in another Mr. Bush. On the basis of that concept, now Li can play 125 versions of himself, but ... do we need to watch all of them while one of them is already formidable?
Anyway, one evil Ji, coming out of one universe, travels to kill off all other versions of him, and the last one is a good guy Li, who must confront the other Li with a help from the policemen that watch over the prohibited interactions between those universes. As those policeman, Delroy Liodo ("Romeo Must Die") and Jason Statham ("Lock Stock...") appear.
Interested? Unfortunately, the film, short as it is, doesn't afford to hold our attention long as it sounds on paper, simply because of these following clear factors. Reason One: Li is a great action hero on his own, who doesn't need any other "one".
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Van Damme tried to do it in Timecop. Schwarzenegger tried it in The Last Action Hero. It seems every action hero has to eventually face himself. Literally, by playing his twin. Jet Li decided to get a head start by doing this movie relatively early in his career.
I really didn't expect much of this movie. The plot is complex: 125 parallel dimensions exist. A member of the Multiverse Bureau of Investigation accidentally kills one of his alteregos in a parallel universe and discovers that he becomes stronger, faster, and more powerful. Realizing that, if he kills all of his multiple selves, this process can make him a god, he goes off on a killing spree in the most egregious example of self-loathing this side of sci-fidom.
WAY too many critics put this movie down for its special effects. Specifically, that the effects mimic the Matrix. So what? Seeing Jet grab two motorcycles, one in each hand, and smash a man to death with them is a thrill. He kicks cops out of thin air, dodges bullets, and jumps across buildings. That's the best part of the movie.
The problem is, Jet Li just can't act. Or I should say, he can't act well. The plot demands a lot of him -- this is a rare instance of a script being better than the actor can handle. Jet Li is supposed to weep over his wife's loss, act in multiple roles as his multiple selves, display rage, hope, madness...more than most people display in a year. Jet can't do it. His English is quite good, but he simply doesn't have the range.
And in a movie all ABOUT range, Jet can't pull it off. But that's okay, what he does is some amazing martial arts, demonstrates really cool special effects, and provides a funky plotline that inspired me enough to want to run a mini-campaign in this setting (maybe I will, hmmm). That's the highest compliment I can give any movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting background for Jet's Martial arts Jan. 29 2004
Okay folks, don't get your fruit-of-the-loom in a bunch about the plot, storyline or try to review this movie from a Shakespearean angle. It's a Jet Li movie for crying out loud. I thought the universe jumping renegade idea was unique and the people who brought you this movie put a lot of effort in it. The DVD extras shows this and you can't help but be impress. Now back to the movie, I found it really entertaining from an action junkie's point of view. It's a thrill watching Jet handcuff half a dozen Los Angeles Sheriff's officers like he was knitting a sweater. The finally fight is awesome with the good versus evil Jet Li's. He moves so effortlessly that it makes sense that he's not very tall and not very muscular. He easily runs circles around much taller and more muscular opponents. He looks great in this movie. The space age, high tech background to his martials arts was kinda different and it keeps Jet fresh and interesting to his devoted fans, but I can also imagine him winning a few Trekkie fans with this movie. Jason Statham and Delroy Lindo as Multiuniverse policemen was also a nice touch. Statham did a pretty decent job with the American accent and Jet spoke more words in English than his previous American movies. He sounded better than I expected. Carla Gugino, the mom from Spy Kids, appears breifly as Jet's loving wife. Their relationship adds a human side to this story, but I thought it could have been more physical and she could have played a bigger role. I often wonder why Jet never kissed any of his leading ladies, even though he is able to convey a certain romatic side on screen as evident in "Romeo Must Die". Whenever the script calls for a love interest, the relationship is presented in a subtle way, but Jet's face is so expressive that maybe that's all that is needed. With this movie, I've difinetly became a solid Jet Li fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge Jet Li by this movie
Even if you hated this movie and didn't like the way Jet Li acted in it, that doesn't mean you don't like Jet Li films. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by E. P. Lippke
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, why all the negatives?
When I first watched this movie I did not know what to expect. I had never even heard of it until it was available to rent. Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by J. Hayes
1.0 out of 5 stars Who cares about the multiverse
Terribly boring. I tried my best to like this as a Jet Li fan, but couldn't. If being bored could make you cry, then I'd have to setup a dam outside of my house.
Published on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
1.0 out of 5 stars crap crap crap crap crap
big rip-off of The Matrix. has an interesting plot and does nothing with it. 1 star for The One.
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Published on June 2 2004 by matt phat
2.0 out of 5 stars Well...
I love movies where a guy who can't act and is only good with martial arts because he's attached to wires fights himself in a series of long, drawn out scenes. Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by TrezKu13
3.0 out of 5 stars Theres Not Just One You !!!
Its seems no one cant beat up jet li maybe he should fight himself?One of the mnay jet li films I didn't like for one the whole idea of fighting himself was kinda retarded. Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by thatboyK
5.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li's Best Movie IMO!
To me, this is the best thing Jet Li has done! He plays not just one charactor, but two as the main charactors, and a bunch of others...all which are himself (his charactor)! Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Micheal Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars the one
Jet Li is awesome in The One. the action is well very coreographed and brutal at times (not make you cringe brutal, but say "oh man! Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by erik rasmssen
4.0 out of 5 stars unusually good despite the bad
The movie has plenty of weak spots, notably the mostly lame humor and stiff acting of most (although I don't find that Li's acting was bad at all), but the idea behind it is solid... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004 by D. Hess
3.0 out of 5 stars There Can Be Only One
There isn't one universe, but many. They run parallel to one another, make up a multiverse. In those different realities, there isn't just one you, but many. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by TorridlyBoredShopper
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