El unico

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  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 5.9  (95,585)
  • 25

El único is a sci-fi action film starring renowned martial artist and actor Jet Li as both Gabe Law and his alter-ego, the evil Gabriel Yulaw. The movie, directed by James Wong, was released in 2001 and also features Carla Gugino and Delroy Lindo. Set in a parallel universe, the story follows Gabe Law, an officer of the Multiverse Authority who is tasked with tracking down and apprehending rogue "illegals" - duplicates of himself and others from parallel universes who are believed to be dangerous to our universe's stability. However, when one such duplicate, Gabriel Yulaw, starts killing off his other selves in different universes, he gains immense power and becomes almost unbeatable. With the fate of the multiverse at stake, Gabe must catch Yulaw before he can become the titular "El único" - the only one left standing.

The film opens with a tense confrontation between Gabe Law and a visibly disturbed Gabriel Yulaw. Despite Law's efforts, it becomes clear that Yulaw is not only his physical equal but also possesses his own unique fighting style. The two engage in several thrilling fight scenes, featuring impressive choreography and special effects. While Law is injured in the process, he ultimately manages to capture Yulaw and transport him back to headquarters.

However, things quickly go awry when Yulaw's own capture opens up a portal to another dimension. Yulaw, recognizing the potential of this opportunity, manages to escape into the other universe before Law can stop him. Once there, Yulaw quickly kills off his other selves, absorbing their strength and increasing his own, before setting his sights on the final one: Gabe Law.

The rest of the film sees Law and Yulaw engage in numerous fights both in our universe and the other, with Law determined to stop Yulaw and prevent him from becoming "El único". Along the way, they encounter various allies and enemies, including a woman named T.K. (played by Carla Gugino) who is Yulaw's wife in that universe and who Law teams up with to stop him.

As the film progresses, Yulaw's power continues to grow, and Law is forced to push himself to the limit both physically and mentally to keep up. Along the way, he learns more about the "illegals" and the parallel universes they come from, ultimately discovering a dark truth about his own past that puts him in even greater danger.

El único is a thrilling action-packed adventure that will appeal to fans of martial arts and sci-fi alike. With stunning fight scenes and special effects, it's a movie that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats from start to finish. Beyond the action, though, it also raises intriguing questions about identity and power, making it a thought-provoking addition to the genre.

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