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Around The World In 80 Days
The Review
By G.S.Vasukumar

Around the World in just 80 days ~ ? That sound really interesting to me. I haven't seen the original movie that had come long time back neither have I read the book with the same title. So how do I rate this one ? Anyway, let me try.

Jackie Chan has been one of my all time favourite action super star, along side Arnie. Wow! they both come in a single frame in this movie. That was interesting to watch. Arnie looked funny wearing that wig though.

Coming to the story, this version of the classic novel set in 1872 focuses on Passepartout [ Jackie Chan ], a Chineese thief who steals a valuable jade Buddha and then seeks refuge in the traveling companionship of an eccentric London inventor and adventurer, Philleas Fogg [ Coogan], who has taken a bet with members of his gentlemen's club that he can make it around the world in a mere 80 days.

There is not a single dull moment in this adventurous movie. So Fogg and his friends travel around the world using various means of tranportation, like boats, trains, balloons, elephants, etc. During that era or time, Aeroplane wasn't invited yet, all locomotives could travel well below 50 miles / hour or so.

It's really funny to see Fogg experiment his inventions using Passepartout [ Chan ], who is helpless because police are after him and he can't say no.

Along the way, Passepartout uses his amazing martial arts abilities to depand his friend Fogg from many dangers they face.

One of the major threat to them is a detective who's following them. Why ? Just as Fogg and Passepartout 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, includes Paris, Turkey [ Where the train is stoped by Arnie's men]. The funny thing is when Arnie proposes to make [ De France ] his seventh wife. From Turkey to India, China, San Fransisco and the United States of America.

Coming to actors, Jackie Chan is the first rate as the Chineese thief who has to steal the Jade Buddha statue and replace in his village [ China ] from where it was stolen before. Jackie Chan's movie without fights and stunts is unthinkable. He is one actor who has risked his life more than once for the amazing stunts in his movies. So there is n't a single bone that hasn't broken in his body. I think he has come a long...long way...after the untimely demise of the legendary Kung-fu King Bruce Lee.

Coogan as the inventor and adventurer 'Phileas Fogg' is the perfect choice, I think. He plays his role with perfection.
De France as his lady love is nice too. All in all a nice entertaining movie not be missed.


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The following comments are for "Around The World In 80 Days"
by g.s.vasukumar

Thank you for the review. You seemed quite enthusiatic about it. :-) (I'm amazed you haven't seen the earlier version of the movie -- over here, it seems to get shown on TV all the time. It's worth watching though, if you haven't seen it).

There were quite a few 'spoilers' in your review, where you give away parts of the plot, but in truth this is a fairly well known story, so I don't think there will be too many complaints about that.

I spotted a couple of spelling mistakes ('depand'? I think you meant 'defend', right?), but the writing was pretty good - readable, consise and well structured.

Thank you. :)

( Posted by: Spudley [Member] On: July 24, 2004 )

Thanks Guys..
Hi ! Spudley & Claire,

Thanks for ur comments.I should admit that you both have been really encouring from past sometime.

Well, though I had been a great english movies fan down the years, I had missed some of the best like the "Around the world in 80 days" [ earlier version].

I will surely watch it.

Thanks once again. Keep reading and also writing so that I too can enjoy your works.



( Posted by: g.s.vasukumar [Member] On: July 25, 2004 )

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