Nimís Island (blog)
Category: Nim's Island Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: April 5, 2008 | Publication: wordpress.com | Author: Michael W. Dodge
Nimís Island is the film adaptation of the Wendy Orr and Kerry Millard book of the same name. Obviously targeted squarely at single-digit-age viewers, it is crippled by pacing problems and fails to capture the attention.
Nimís Island appealed under both the Anything-with-Jodie-Foster rule and the Anything-with-a-Scot rule. Stuart Dryburghís cinematography is excellent, capturing the vibrant colors of the South Pacific. Gerry Butler and Jodie Foster bring some serious acting chops to the film. Sadly, despite being a media darling, Abigail Breslin is unbelievable throughout the entire film. (One thing that always take me out of the film is when an actor cast for the part of a runner obviously hasnít done much running.) Breslinís struggles in the title role would have prevented the film from flying anyway, but Jennifer Flackettís and Mark Levinís direction smothers any hope of that. Perhaps they were afraid of confusing the five-year-olds, but it feels like every scene takes twice as long as it needs, making the film about forty-five minutes too long.
Other kids than mine (whom I suspect have a bit more adult sense of humor) seemed to laugh quite a bit. So perhaps itís a good choice for young children with parents who need a nap. Alas, for me even flying lizards, a Scottish brogue, and Jodie in a wet camisole canít save the film.