Around the World in 80 Days

  • Directors: Frank Coraci
  • Producers: Bill Badalato
  • Writers: Jules Verne, David N Titcher, David Benullo, David Goldstein
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Western
  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan

The film starts with a man (later known to be Lau Xing played by Jackie Chan), robbing and escaping from the Bank of England. To escape from the police, he observes from a window, two police officers searching for him, asking an Oriental man in the street for his identification and says “Passport…too”. He becomes, under the name “Passepartout” (pronounced Pass-par-too), a valet to Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan), a scientist trying to break the 50-mph speed barrier. After succeeding to do so and managing to avoid the police, they head to the Royal Academy of Science. Here, Fogg is insulted by other ‘brilliant minds’, in particular the bombastic William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (Jim Broadbent), who believes that everything worth discovering has already been discovered and there is no need for further progress. The bank robbery is also discussed. In his blind rage, Fogg says that he is glad the bank was robbed, because it is outdated and says that the thief could be in China in little over a month, which interests Lau Xing. Fogg is pressured to bet to see if it would be possible, as his calculations said, to travel around the world in 80 days. If he won, he would become Minister of Science in Lord Kelvin’s place; if not, he would tear down his lab and never invent anything again.

Phileas is also lucky enough not to have lost the bet; he is one day early, thanks to crossing the international date line, yet believed himself late, because of an error on the part of Lau Xing. He ascends the stairs of the Academy and there, embraces Monique, victorious in his bet.

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