Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The Only

I remember liking this movie a lot. Great effects, good action, what's not to like?

Jet Li is in a multiverse and he's killing himself. Because why not? And as he does so, he gets more powerful. After a neat twist set up of the repeat of the opening scene, we get Good Jet Li against Evil Jet Li, with Jason Statham helping. After a fight scene or three, we get the last second 'no wait, which one is the right one?' and then a happy ending.

Unfortunately, the effects don't really hold up. Obvious CGI all over the place, and it does not look good. And the movie is a lot shorter than I remember, but then that's good in that it doesn't outstay its welcome. The premise is nice (killing selves over the multiverse), although I'm not sure it holds up, in that as people get older their other selves will die and they should become more powerful? And other plot points you aren't supposed to think about.

This was during Jet Li's big screen time, and written and directed by the X-Files pair James Wong and Glen Morgan. At the time, it was a big deal... but it hasn't aged well.


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