Saturday, October 4, 2008

Nim’s Island (2008)

Jack (Gerard Butler): Be the hero of your own life story.
Alex Rover (Jodie Foster): Don't hand me that line - I wrote that line!

At a glance: This light and enjoyable island/ocean adventure focusing on an 11 year old girl, her lost-at-sea dad, and a timid adventure writer, will appeal to a variety of ages

A scientist/writer is lost at sea, leaving his 11 year old daughter, Nim (Abigail Breslin) to fend for herself. Through emails, she enlists the help of rugged adventure writer Alex Rover, unaware that Rover is actually a fictional character written by a timid apartment-bound agoraphobic (Jodie Foster). Foster is appropriately nervous and silly; Breslin is a natural actress, if at times a tad soft-spoken; Gerard Butler chews the scenery in dual roles; one as an adventurer dad who has to fight against the elements to get his small boat back to the island, and another as the brogue-sporting figment of Alex Rover’s imagination. Just to keep things interesting, there are a number of clever visual sequeways between scenes. I had hoped my five year old daughter and I might watch this movie together, and we did. We both enjoyed it. There’s a strong Australian/Queensland slant to this movie; Australian actors and locations added to my personal enjoyment. Rating: 2.5 of 4

"If you have a child, Nim's Island is the kind of film you won't be sorry you shared with him or especially her, and if you don't have a youngster, you'll wish you did."
- Bruce Bennett (Spectrum [St. George, Utah])

"Plenty of things happen that adults will have to overlook and forget any reasoning because this is a movie aimed at kids, and on that point it delivers."
- Diana Saenger (

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