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  Around The World In 80 Days cinematronic
  director

Frank Coraci

cast

Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Jim Broadbent, Cécile De France, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rob Schneider, Ewen Bremner, Kathy Bates, John Cleese, Sammo Hung, Ian McNeice, Mark Addy, Karen Mok

year

2004

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  There is a line of thinking that says the '50s film based on Jules Verne's novel "Around the World in 80 Days" was overblown with its storm of brief Hollywood star turns. If so, the 2004 remake, a vehicle for esteemed comic actor/martial artist Jackie Chan, is downright puny. There's talent involved, including some bright British actors and comedians and a few unexpected faces (Ah-nold?) directed by Frank Coraci ("The Wedding Singer"). Yet, it amounts to little more than a bland diversion for kiddies and Chan-fans, who may be bored after 30 minutes, let alone 80 days. Elements of the tale are familiar: In Victorian England, adventurer Phileas Fogg wagers he can circle the globe in no more than 80 days. Rather than have Fogg go on his whirlwind tour with his French valet Passepartout as in the book, this version's valet is Chinese hero Lau Xing (Chan) who reacquires his village's stolen Buddha by stealing it back from a vault in the Bank of England. Hiding from the authorities, Lau passes himself off as nutty inventor Fogg's new assistant, and they hit the road, police and ninjas in pursuit. Wry Steve Coogan ("24 Hour Party People") plays Fogg. Given decent material, Coogan can be hilarious. With uninspired dialogue to spout, he and co-stars including Jim Broadbent, Rob Schneider, Kathy Bates and John Cleese strain for laughs where there are none.  
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