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DVD Review: Around the World in 80 days

Monday, September 06, 2004

Ugh.. what a weekend! Confined at home due to food poisoning! Was feeling quite bored when I stumbled upon this DVD that I bought a couple of months ago, Around the World in 80 Days. Finally! I got around watching it. Here’s my take on the movie.

In this Disney adaptation of Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, a Phileas Fogg (absent-minded inventor) suffered rejection by England's Royal Academy of Science, and thus, strives to prove his scientific worth by accepting a challenge to travel around the world in 80 days. Fogg, and his valet (Jackie Chan) find adventure, trouble, and excitement as they make their way from Turkey to China to the United States.

Jackie Chan practically stole the show with his role as Passepartout, who masquerades as Fogg's valet in an attempt to escape authorities after he robs the Bank of England. He’s typical stunts and fight scenes are flawless and he seems to enjoy the role with his natural comedic action. I would say that this is his better Hollywood performance to-date. If you’re a big Jackie fan (like me!) you’ll definitely enjoy this movie. Otherwise, this movie is just an average outing with nothing much to shout about. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an entertaining movie but it lacks of a certain lustre that makes it an enjoyable movie. Probably it’s the cast that doesn’t quite click that well with each other. Nevertheless, it has action all the way and the scenes are really well generated. Oh, watch out for cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Macy Gray, Oven and Luke Wilson, Daniel Wu, Karen Mok and Maggie Q. These are the ones that I recognize anyways.

Ratings (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Cast : 3
Sound : 3
Picture : 4
Storyline : 3

OVERALL : 3.5
posted by Ivan Choe, 1:29 am

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