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Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

Cast: Jackie Chan, Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, more...
Director: Frank Coraci, Frank Coraci
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Studio: Walt Disney Video
Genre: Adventure
Running Time: 120 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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Jules Verne's famous novel of a daring man of science who takes on the greatest voyage in history is once again adapted for the big screen in this adventure comedy. In 1872, eccentric British inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) has come up with any number of gadgets to help people travel with greater speed and ease, and is working on plans for a flying machine. In a lively discussion with Lord Kelvin (Jim Broadbent), the head of the Royal Academy of Science, Fogg states his belief that it's possible for someone to travel around the globe in a mere 80 days. Kelvin, who makes no secret of his belief that Fogg is a crackpot, challenges him to do just that, and adds a wager to the bargain to make things interesting: if Fogg can't circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, he'll give up inventing forever. Fogg takes the challenge, and teams up with his manservant, a former acrobat named Passepartout (Jackie Chan), and lovely navigator Monique (CÚcile De France) to make the epic voyage -- traveling by train, boat, balloon, horseback, or any other means at their disposal. However, Fogg and his companions are dogged along the way by the false accusation that the inventor took part in a bank robbery, forcing him to not only complete the journey but clear his name as well. Like the blockbuster 1956 adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days, this film features a number of major stars in cameo appearances and supporting roles as Fogg makes his way around the globe, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Cleese, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Sammo Hung, Rob Schneider, Richard Branson, Mark Addy, and more. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

horrendously bad by boarder April 12, 2005 - 10:14 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I watched this movie with the preconception that it probably wouldn't be good, but at least it would be fun, silly and visually interesting. It didn't even live up that low standard. The acting was absolutely terrible. I'm not sure why they cast that woman as someone French, but she couldn't fake an accent if her life depended on it. There were so many ethnic stereotypes that were performed by substandard actors that I was offended and groaning in pain every few minutes. The story barely even centered around this great inventor's skill as a scientist. They just road around in a train, boat or car to get everywhere. The visual effects and story were the bland Disney fare we're used to but without any spirit or energy. The only truly funny moments came near the end, but the ending killed any leftover smile you might have had.

Remember Drunken Master? by awehman November 29, 2004 - 10:40 AM PST
0 out of 3 members found this review helpful
For the Jackie Chan afficionados out there, there's a rehash of Jackie's brawling with a bench from Drunken Master midway through the movie. It's part of a pretty elaborate fight scene with a large team of Jackie's stuntsmen plus Sammo Hung. There's also a cute Buster Keaton-esque slapstick routine in a kitchenette on the Orient Express.

Around the World... Yet Again. by talltale November 2, 2004 - 7:04 AM PST
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
The remake of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is so much more fun--zippier and more creative, while certainly no sillier--than the original that it's surprising the film wasn't more popular with audiences. It actually offers better "family entertainment" than most movies that opened in theatres this past summer. Nutty it is, but you may find the nuttiness quite contagious. Steve Coogan ("24-Hour Party People") might seem an odd choice for leading man, but he comes through just fine in every department. Jackie Chan in the Cantinflas role is terrific, too. He's getting a little old for these high jinks, but he still delivers. It's the cameos, however, that take the film over the top. The new governor of California is a delight here (his best roles are usually comedy: remember "Junior"?); ditto Rob Schneider, Kathy Bates and others. The movie is old-fashioned in a number of ways, but this is what will make it appealing to all members of the family. The violence is exaggerated and funny, never bloody, and there are ample bits of wit and sophistication scattered throughout (the use of American icons like the Statue of Liberty is accomplished in terrific fashion). The film starts slowly, and perhaps a bit too goofily (choose the "alternate beginning" option on the dvd) but unlike most others of this ilk, it gets better as it rumbles along. It's often gorgeous to look at, too: all in all, one of the year's more pleasant surprises.

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