Jet Li, Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo and Jason Statham
Director: James Wong
Running Time: 87 mins
What if you found
out that there was more than one universe, in fact there were hundreds of
parallel universes? What if you then found out that in each of these universes
was a version of you and if you killed each version of yourself the energy
from them would be divided amongst the survivors, making you strong, faster
and more intelligence. This is what Yu Law (Li) has discovered and he has
systematically killed one hundred and twenty-three versions of himself and
he only has to kill one more to become the most powerful being in existence.
Jet Li is without
question one of the best martial artists on the big screen at the moment,
but you have to question his movie choices. He turned down The Matrix sequels
to do this and Kiss of the Dragon (released late 2001) but the problem is
that neither film really showcases his true potential. By opting to be the
star and not a cast member, this could have cost him in the American market
as neither film has taken anything like what The Matrix sequels will make
at the box office.
The film itself
comes from the writing team behind some of the best X-Files episodes, James
Wong and Glen Morgan, so I really was expecting more. What I was greeted
with was a plot that is just a combination of Time Cop, Highlander and a
dozen other mediocre Sci-Fi movies.
Its main flaw is
that the movie is just far too short. At just 87 minutes long you get a
quick introduction to the characters and the situation, then the two Jet
Li's meet, then they have the final battle and it is all over before you
seat is even warm. Everything seams rushed. I would have liked to have seen
when Yu Law discovered that he gets more power when he kills a version of
himself or more on the "Multiverse" police.
Jet Li is excellent
in the fight sequences, especially when he is fighting himself but when
it comes to delivering a large string of dialogue, you can tell he is still
struggling with his English. The worst thing in the movie however, is Jason
Statham's American accent. British actors are usually good at accents but
Statham's is the worst I have ever heard. It makes you think that the America's
will use him as an example of a bad movie accent as the British do with
Dick Van Dyke's so-called cockney accent in Mary Poppins.
This is just a dumb
popcorn movie at the end of the day, which is a shame, as Jet Li deserves
far better roles that this. Maybe he should get a better agent.