Directed by: James Wong
Starring: Jet Li and Jet Li. Oh, and Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo, and Jason Statham.
Synopsis: See, there's not just one universe. There's actually a multiverse and *you* exist in each one! These universes are all strung together and, if you kill a version of yourself in one universe, his energy gets split up between all the other versions of you. Theory is, if you kill 'em all, you get all the power and become a god. Either that or all of the universes collapse and everybody dies. Jet Li decides the benefits of the first theory outweigh the risks of the second. I mean, honestly, wouldn't you?
The effects and the stunts were very cool; the story, not so much. But hey, it's an action movie so that's to be expected.
I resisted watching this one for a long time but finally gave in. And really, it's not a bad way to waste a couple of hours. I laughed out loud several times at the sheer outrageousness of some of the stunts and "weapons". Some of the moves were borrowed from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but the movie still gets points for originality. And it was kinda cool watching Jet Li kick the crap out of himself. That method of transportation between the universes though? Ouch.
It's a beer-drinking, popcorn-eating, don't-hafta-think kinda movie and worth watching if you're looking for that kind of thing.Added 22 November 2002 at 10:52 AM
For some reason there are only 125 universes. And that is the very least of the fundamental flaws in this movie.
It's a good premise with an OK story, acceptable acting, great action and amazing effects, but the dialogue STANK! It was unbelievably bad. If you watch this on DVD, I strongly recommend you swtich the voiceovers to some language you don't understand because you'll likely enjoy it more that way.
The camera work is sensational and Jet Li is incredibly talented, but it's the really fantastic special effects and the kickass soundtrack that make this watchable.Added 19 July 2003 at 5:57 PM