8:00 PM, 7th May, 2005
Nicolas Cage stars as the adult grandson of a ridiculed and disrespected treasure hunter, whose one wish is to make good on the family name. Making use of a popular theme brought back to the mainstream media by 2003's "The DaVinci Code", Cage is in search of the legendary treasure of the Knights Templar, although unlike Dan Brown's account, this treasure is the old fashioned kind - gold, gems, and wealth beyond imagining. Full of far-fetched scenarios and clich((eacute))d lines delivered by Cage and the villain (Bean), this adventure will entertain you with humour if not with the writing. This movie does take for granted that the audience has at least a passing knowledge of US History (specifically the "Declaration of Independence"), however it's not a requirement to enjoy the movie's fun and adventure.
10:00 PM, 7th May, 2005
Phileas Fogg (Coogan) is in a fix. He is one of the world's greatest inventors but his "wild" ideas go against the grain with his peers. Lau Xing is also in a fix. He has just stolen the Jade Buddha from the Bank of England and is posing as Phileas's new French valet, Passepartout, to avoid the police even though he doesn't speak a word of French. When Phileas makes the bold claim that it is possible to travel around the world in 80 days, he is bet by the president of the British Academy of Science that he could not possibly back up this claim. Thus presents an opportunity for Phileas to prove himself to his peers and Passepartout a chance to return the Jade Buddha to his home village in China. Worldwide slapstick adventures ensue...
Like the 1956 version of Jules Verne's classic tale, Around the World in 80 Days is a showcase of cameos. Whether it's Arnold Schwarzenegger's lute playing, Fabio-like turn as Prince Hapi of Turkey, Owen and Luke Wilson's take on the Wright Brothers, Samo Hung's Wong Fei Hung, or Kathy Bates's royal surprise, odds are there's something in Around the World in 80 Days for everyone. It's just like watching an episode of "The Wonderful World of Disney" on the big screen!