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The One (2001), PG-13
Analysis Date: November 5, 2001
CAP Score: 43
CAP Influence Density: 1.57

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

THE ONE (PG-13) -- a no-brainer chucked full of computer-aided razzle-dazzle.

Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Director(s): James Wong
Producer(s): Steve Chasman, Glen Morgan, Charles Newirth, James Wong
Written by/Screenplay: Glen Morgan & James Wong
Cinematography/Camera: Robert McLachlan
Music: Trevor Rabin

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With 12.6 murders per hour and 24.4 items per hour of violence of varying degrees, The One is definitely a R-13.

One hundred twenty three known parallel dimensions make up our Multiverse. And in each dimension is ourself. There are 123 of each of us, one in each of the 123 known dimensions of our universe. When one of our us's is killed the remainder of the us's absorb the power of the one killed. One of the us's decided to kill his other 122 so he could have all the power. Travel is possible between the dimensions by wormhole travel but is heavily regulated. Wormholes appear at regular intervals, allowing man to build contraptions to harness the benefits of wormhole travel. One of the 123 Gabreil Laws (Jet Li) illegally travels between dimensions killing all but one of the other Gabriel Laws -- and anybody else that gets in the way.

There is little more I could tell you that would make this "plot" any more visible for your assessment of whether it is fit for your kids. It is a no-brainer chucked full of computer-aided razzle-dazzle. There are a few scenes where Jet Li demonstrates some fine martial arts but even that looses its artistry when the computer wizardry obliterates any realism by floating everybody.

The One is an extremely violent movie. We would de well to heed our Lord's warning about such [Prov. 3:31]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will hopefully provide the evidence you need to make your own determination whether to let your teens watch this movie.


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  • Prov. 3:31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: The One (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • attempted murders by knife
  • gunfire murders, many
  • illegal flight to avoid capture
  • police chases with much property damage
  • additional gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • gun battles, many
  • graphic body mutilations, repeatedly
  • gunfire injury
  • many fighting sequences, some resulting in death
  • firearm threats

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 20 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies
  • adult tantrum

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • excessive cleavage
  • sexual references
  • suggestive eye movements
  • homosexual talk
  • homosexual sex threat (prison sex)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and once with

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • many, many gunfire murders
  • several beating murders

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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