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Plot: Set in 1872, the story focuses on Passepartout, a Chinese thief who steals a valuable jade Buddha and then seeks refuge in the traveling companionship of an eccentric London inventor and adventurer, Phileas Fogg, who has taken on a bet with members of his gentlemen's club that he can make it around the world in a mere 80 days, using a variety of means of transportation, like boats, trains, balloons, elephants, etc. Along the way, Passepartout uses his amazing martial arts abilities to defend Fogg from the many dangers they face.. One major threat to their adventure is a detective that's following them. Why? Just as Fogg and Passeportout left London, a major bank was robbed, with Fogg suspected of using the "around the world" trip as an excuse to escape.. Their path from London and back includes stops in Paris, Turkey, India, China and USA... Runtime: 120 mins Release Date: 15 Jun 2004
charming face in the film and brings an amazing spirit to her role. Jim Broadbent and Ewen Bremner provide some of the greatest laughs. Also notable is the choreography of color for each country. England is gray and dreary, lacking color. France is full of light pastels. Turkey brings in strong colors of gold, blue, and bright white. India is full of deep brown, orange, and green. China provides a lush, natural green background and warm, welcoming earth tones and dark blues. Everything is designed to take audiences on a journey around the world. The end result is a beautiful film that is suitable for all ages and provides that wonderful feel-good sensation that only the greatest adventures can provide.
"Everyone around the world, join the celebration!" (by bannonanthony)
This movie provides a brilliant new spin on Jules Verne's novel by having Phileas Fogg be an eccentric inventor and Passpertout be a Chinese thief who joins his service to escape the police. The actual journey around the world in the film is very enjoyable as they hook up with young artist Monique and attempt to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.Jackie Chan is as brilliant as ever at the high-flying action and the physical comedy. Steve Coogan thankfully plays it straight for the film as Fogg, whilst Jim Broadbent makes a suitably hateful villain of the slimy Lord Kelvin. <more>
TRAINSPOTTING's Ewen Bremner also shows up as an inept police inspector, constantly being physically abused in the name of comedy. There are also cameos galore from the Wilson brothers and Macy Gray to Governor Arnie and Kathy Bates. A friend of mine described this picture as being good fun for all the family and I must say that I agree.
I have seen all the Around the World movies and have enjoyed them all! (by bandjalder)
We Americans export our movies to all foreign countries. The profits we rake in are proof that they accept us. Are we so small minded and selfish that we can't enjoy a fun movie even if it doesn't feature one of our leading American stars? If an international cast and crew were ever called for, then Around the World in 80 Days 2004 is it! I have seen all the Around the World movies including Around the World in 80 Days 2004 and I have enjoyed them all! This movie is an example of how Americans, Chinese, English, French, Austrian, German, and Thai craftsmen can all work together and <more>
create some good, clean, fun, entertainment! I saw Around the World in 80 Days last night,I am an adult and I absolutely had fun at this movie. It is a good movie that deserves to be viewed by all age groups. Jules Verne novels can be found at your local library. They are also fun!
Around the world in 120 minutes (by real_king_mark)
Jackie Chans latest movie has just hit our DVD stores shelves well in Australia at least and I thought it was about time I submitted my review. The story is very loosely based on Jules Verne's novel of the same name, it involves an eccentric inventor Phileas Fogg trying to race around the world and end up back in England within 80 days while the evil Lord Kelvin tries to make sure he does not win and become the head of the royal academy of science. Before you watch this movie there are a few things you should know, its made by Disney, so its going to be a movie that is aimed at all ages <more>
and very family friendly and it also got a PG rating so its a relatively pleasant movie.Having always been a Jackie Chan fan I may be a little bias but I found this movie great fun, much more than I was expecting. All the backdrops are gorgeous, and everything has a fun feel about it, this is the kind of movie that is just purely for entertainment, very light very easy but all together a fun ride that you should want to see again. A lot of cameo appearances are in this movie and ad a whole lot to the feel of the movie and all the main actors play their parts very well. The DVD extras are not much and what should have been a highlight, the deleted scenes where ruined by the director talking over then and making then a waste of time.I can not mention this enough- this movie is very lite, do not see this expecting a life changing experience and just let yourself be taken on the ride. This movie deserves 8.6 out of 10 Now that is cheap to hire do yourself a favor and take a look, you know you want to.
Is this a Coogan or Chan movie? (by ofjeworstlust)
Is this a Coogan or Chan movie? That's the only puzzling thing about this movie. For the rest simply an action packed adventure, with a little too much romance on the side. 15 years ago this movie would have been a great success in the line of Goonies or a Disney flick.Now a little overacting at times the English cop who follows the main characters for example is compensated with great cameos, I won't give them away, but keep watching!Coogan is just like in his tv series, the well-known expressions and faces are shown. Just his character, can anyone be that naive at times???Chan is <more>
sometimes the comedian with oneliners, and sometimes the actor with bad lines. His fights rule, his acting still didn't. It didn't spoil the movie, but the plot that kept returning to the 'chinese connection' almost did. I didn't expect a co-plot, just Fogg travelling around the world!!!Don't believe the viewers describing this as a kid-movie. If you liked Goonies in the past, read the book and like Chan's unbelievable fighting scenes, you will be satisfied. 6/10 from me.
I didn't expect the Ten Tigers of Kwantung! (by sarastro7)
Around the World in 80 Days 2004 , starring Jackie Chan, currently has an IMDb user rating of 5.7. And they say it's one of the biggest flops in history, having failed to recoup more than a fraction of its estimated $110 million budget.I say, give it time! Overseas box office plus rentals and DVD sales - this movie will turn a profit in the end. As I understand it, movie companies now make most of their money off the rental market, so I am rather mystified to hear that a movie flopped just because it didn't earn back its cost at the U.S. box office in the first couple of months of <more>
release. Doesn't seem like a fair and complete calculation to me.Anyway, I go to the trouble of wondering about this because I thought this was a great and delightful romp of a comedy, and I believe posterity will be much kinder to it than "5.7". The movie is witty, beautiful, well-acted and contains virtually everything any kung fu adventure fan's heart can desire. Before watching it, I thought it would be more faithful to the original book, so I was surprised to see the Ten Tigers of Kwantung, and let me say the surprise was 100% positive. This movie is, absolutely first and foremost, a comedy. And it is something so rare as a literate one, which does not ridicule the premise it is based on. The movie makes the only right choice, namely to update the classic story and add new levels and new ideas, which keeps it fresh and adventurous. Let's face it, Jules Verne's science no longer holds up in the present day, so we have to make modified versions of the stories for a modern audience hence also the very entertaining updated version of Journey to the Center of the Earth: The Core .To see this movie as a remake of the 1956 movie - which seems to be the position that many reviewers take - is completely faulty. This is a riff/homage to the original novel, having nothing whatsoever to do with any previous movie version.I thought Jackie Chan's part in this movie was great fun, and I was very entertained throughout. I can't think why it bombed in the U.S. I'm gonna get it on DVD very soon.
It's a Fun Film Folks, Not a Serious Re-make of a Classic (by lawprof)
There are classic films and fun films and even, very rarely, fun films that become classics. That's certainly true of Mike Todd's 1956 "Around the World in 80 Days" which captured much of the fantastical verve of Jules Verne's original story. That movie also introduced, basically for the first time, the idea of an onslaught of cameo appearances by famous screen stars, not always readily identifiable.So now as we start to bake at the beginning of a long, languid summer, new director Frank Coraci gives us the irrepressible but getting a bit long-in-the-tooth master <more>
acrobat/gymnast/kung-fu artist/stunt man Jackie Chan in a very loose adaptation of the Verne novel.Chan is Passepartout, valet to the inimitably neurotic inventor, Phineas Fogg Steve Coogan , but in this film his real identity is that of a Chinese fellow, Lau Xing, whose mission is to return a stolen Buddha statue to his village. Nefarious English lords have an imperialistic and self-aggrandizing plan of their own which includes tearing down the Great Wall of China to get easy access to jade mines. Jim Broadbent is superbly Victorian-evil as Lord Kelvin, the head of the Royal Society of Science who challenges inventor Fogg to succeed in traversing the Earth in 80 days or else cease and desist forever from engaging in scientific experimentation and Rube Goldberg-like inventing.Passepartout, who swiped the Buddha, has both cops and Chinese killers, led by a woman, General Fang, in hot pursuit and his service to Fogg is a guise to get back to China.Arriving in Paris, they are joined by the beautiful semi-Impressionist painter, Monique La Roche played by the rising young French actress, Cecile De France. Winsome and cute, De France clearly had a great time making this flick.Coogan plays Fogg very well-in fact he's the most interesting actor in the movie. He took his role of a Henry Higgins-type scholarly recluse who slowly falls in love seriously.The story proceeds predictably. While Chan is the star, his performance is simply a well-choreographed reprise of past made-in-the West films where he can show off his skills. It's "Shanghai Night" all over again. Perhaps this is his last such movie as his announcement earlier this week that he intends to be a "serious" actor from now on pushed Iraq, gasoline prices and the Bush-Kerry campaign off the front pages.As with the original movie, cameo appearances are a small but welcome treat. The guy who beat Mary Carey for governor of a western state last year is really devilishly funny as an Istanbul prince with a harem and an eye for acquiring Monique. The Wilson brothers play two young and later to be famous siblings whose great stunt at Kitty Hawk supposedly changed the world. And Cathy Bates seems to have had a tough time not laughing as she acted the part of the hardly imperious Widow of Windsor.The set designs, cinematography and special effects are really excellent. I can see several Oscar nominations forthcoming.Don't take this movie seriously-it won't dislodge the original from the pantheon of lastingly memorable films. Enjoy it as the summer fun vehicle it's meant to be. Or in any event is.8/10
"Around the World in 80 Days" is not luckily Jackie's worst film, that is still "Tuxedo".What makes 80 Days such a taunting movie is its unevenness. The film switches between light-hearted to serious and even between various styles of comedy, from Jackie's classic slapstick, to witty, to vain, to gross-out and even Python-style comedy.As far as fight-scenes go, they are well choreographed and Jackie can luckily still kick ass. There were some parts of the film that didn't make a whole lot of sense and because of the massiveness of the plot it feels rather long. <more>
Luckily the changes in style keep the viewer on their toes but the climax was not very satisfying however.All in all, Around the World in 80 Days is an amusing film to watch. It has both great and not-so-great moments and may be a little too unconventional for Jackie's fans, but a good movie none the less.