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Around The World in 120 Minutes!
Sep 24, 2005 02:08 PM 1941 Views
(Updated Sep 25, 2005 01:26 PM)





Since a very long time the book Around The World In Eighty Days (ATWIED) was my favourite and when I came to knew that a film is about to release, I just went to the theatre to watch it. The film was really a great one

The movie starts showing Passerpartout (Jackie Chan) robbing a Buddha idol in disguise from the Bank Of England and escaping from the clutches of the police. The idol was stolen from his village in China and he had came right from China to take this sacred idol.

On the other hand Phileas Fogg (Steven Coogan), an eccentric inventor gets frustated when the members of the Royal Academy Of Science states that Mr. Fogg is a maniac and all his inventions are useless. So Mr. Fogg bets that he will go around the world and return back to London in 80 days. If he looses, he will have to pay a heavy amount and if he wins he will become the president of the Royal Academy Of Science. All the members and Mr. Fogg agrees and with Passerpartout, Mr. Fogg undertakes this journey.

Passerpartout had decided that he will not complete this journey and he will go back to his village in China through Mr. Fogg without any fear of police. Mr. Fogg and Passerpartout pick a girl from exhibition of Paris for their journey, Monique (Cecile De France). The trio pass through Paris, some West Asia country where they meet the ruler of that kingdom, Arnold Schwarzeneggar. Then they go to China via India.

Passerpartout takes Mr. Fogg to his own village and tell him the truth. This makes Mr. Fogg very angry and he decides to complete this journey alone. And from there Mr. Fogg lands at San Francisco. Here a girls betrays him and takes all his money. Luckily Passerpartout and Monique reach there and help Mr. Fogg. From San Francisco they go to New York but they miss the London steamer. They take another boat to London. On deck, Mr. Fogg realizes that he was back by one day.

Fortunately the captain of the ship was Mr. Fogg's pal. On Day 73, Mr. Fogg decides that he will make a flying machine from the wood of the ship. All the workers of the ship start making this device. Even Passerpartout helps. On Day 80, the flying machine gets ready to fly. It takes off and the trio reach London safe ans sound....but some minutes late! But though Mr. Fogg didnt loes the bet. The reason is by going eastward the days became four minutes shorter each time Mr. Fogg crossed a degree in that direction. So the day when they reached London was Day 79! So Mr. Fogg won the bet and he became the president of the Royal Academy of Science!

Jackie Chan was as usual great. Steven Coogan also has done a very good role. I hadn't heard of him before but I should say that he is great. Ceclie De France was also good and natural. Other supporting actors had done perfect acting. Arnold looked worse then ever and I wonder why he signed such role!

Frank Coraci's direction was great. The scenes were very well-taken. Some of the scenes which I liked were:

  1. The scene where Mr. Fogg, Passerpartout and Monique escape from the clutches of Arnold.

  2. The scene where Mr.Fogg is shown crossing the Great Wall of China

  3. The climax scene

If you will read the original book of ATWIED, you will find a lot of differnces. Some of them are:

  1. In the book, Mr. Fogg is shown as a very sincere person and everyone regarded him as the finest gentleman in the English Society. But in the movie, everyone regarded Mr. Fogg was a maniac.

  2. In the book, a robber looted 50000 pounds from the Bank Of England and the police thought that Mr. Fogg was the theif. In the movie, Passerpartout was the robber and he had robbed an idol from the Bank Of England.

  3. In the book, Passerpartout was a Frenchman, an acrobat and wanted to serve an English master. But in the movie, Passerpartout was a Chinese and had came to London to steal the idol.

  4. In the book, Mr. Fogg and Passerpartout didnt used to stay at a particular place and just jumped from train to steamer and from steamer to train. But in the movie, the trio are shown relaxing and staying at a place for 2-3 days and reaching back to London on time!

  5. In the book, when Mr. Fogg and Passerpartout missed the steamer from New York, they took another steamer, went to Queenstown and reached London via Dublin and Liverpool. In the movie the duo made a flying machine to reach London!

I think if the movie was made according to the original story it would have been more entertaing. But though the movie was a great one and must be seen once, at least.


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