Around The World In 80 Days DVD Review

Around The World In 80 Days DVD Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

Jackie Chan races to circle the globe in Around The World In 80 Days. Find out if this high-flying adventure sinks or swims!

A day-dreaming inventor and a Chinese bankrobber race to circle the globe in Around The World In 80 Days. Find out if this high-flying adventure sinks or swims!

Around The World In 80 Days - Global Adventure

Around The World In 80 days is based on the classic novel by Jules Verne. The movie tells the story of the day-dreaming English inventor, Phileas Fogg, played by Steve Coogan, who accepts a challenges to circle the planet in just eighty days. Keep in mind that this story takes place long before the days of airplanes, rocket ships, cars or high-speed trains - when a trip around the earth was thought to take months, not days. To help him on his global adventure, Phileas Fogg recruits the help of Passepartout, a Chinese thief, played by martial arts action master, Jackie Chan. As this worldly adventure rolls along, Fogg and Passepartout take a train, stagecoach, hotair balloon, boat and even an elephant, while trying to avoid an English police officer and a Chinese warlord, who are determined to put an end to this worldwide journey.

Around The World In 80 Days - Martial Arts Mayhem

While the fantastic journey of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout is enough to make this movie work, Jackie Chan's martial arts scenes help put this flick over the top. Chan's range of backflips, dropkicks and high-flying hijinks keep Fogg out of danger, while providing plenty of comic relief.

Around The World In 80 Days - Crazy Characters

Besides Steve Coogan and Jackie Chan, Around The World In 80 Days has a great supporting cast of crazy characters. Arnold Schwarzenegger is hilarious in the role of a womanizing Turkish Prince and Cecile de France is very charming as Phileas Fogg's french love interest. Along the way, there are also some brief but funny appearances by Owen and Luke Wilson (as the Wright Brothers) and Rob Schneider (as a San Francisco Hobo.)

Around The World in 80 Days - DVD Features

While Around The World in 80 Days is a great whirlwind adventure, you won't be blown away by the extra features on the DVD. There's a few extra deleted scenes, including a different beginning and an alternate ending, and a neat look at Jackie Chan's stuntwork, but nothing too exciting after that.

Around The World In 80 Days - Does It Sink Or Swim?
Around The World In 80 Days is an action-adventure that takes you back to a time when airplanes were just a dream and space travel was thought impossible. Steve Coogan's dry sarcasm, Jackie Chan's martial artistry and the fantastic props used to create Fogg's transportation contraptions make Around The World In 80 Days a worldly winner. Those of you who were expecting non-stop Jackie Chan fight scenes, will be a little disappointed, but there's still enough drop kicks, roundhouses and judo chops to keep most people happy. Do Phileas Fogg and Passepartoute meet the 80 day global challenge?


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