Nim's Island (2008)
Category: Nim's Island Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: April 9, 2008 | Publication: popcornmonsters.com | Author: Derek Fleek
ďNimís IslandĒ stars academy award nominee Abigail Breslin, academy award winner Jodie Foster, Gerald Butler known for his role in ď300″ as King Leonidas. Itís directed by Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin.
Nim (Abigail Breslin) lives on an island with her dad (Gerald Butler) and many of her animal friends. Her dad is a marine biologist who studies microscopic organisms that live in the ocean, which Nim report as not being her thing. Nimís hobby is reading. She loves reading books about a fictional adventurer named Alex Rover (Gerald Butler) written by Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster). When Nimís dad becomes missing at sea and her island becomes invaded, she asks for the help of her mythical hero Alex Rover.
Another average family friendly film with an issue not usually found in this genre. The problem being it doesnít try hard enough. I found that most films geared towards kids try too hard to please audiences and end up being annoying to adults. This isnít the problem here. Never once did I find myself truly aggravated. With a great imagination this film could have been taken too the outer limits without huffing and puffing itís way to the finish line. It felt like the actors were just on vacation. Jodie Foster was decent and would have been really good if the movie was a little better, Abigail Breslin is adorable like she was suppose to be, and Gerald Butler give an uneven performance, with the more likable character being Alex Rover.
The scenery is really the only thing to look forward to if you going to see this in theaters. It was beautiful too look at. But with no adventure or action taking place, the film begins to slowly fade in memory, never being a real burden. I enjoyed it, but not immensely and it never uses a sufficient amount of imagination to sparkle. Jodie Foster was very energetic and brought some life to the screen. A screen lacking in full-on entertainment and a suitable amount of happenings. This isnít a boring movie or a bad movie, but itís lacking in effort.
I did like the movie, but I felt like there could have been much more done here, starting with it being more adventurous. The acting wasnít bad but the script (which took a total of four writers) felt underwritten. There is no real chemistry to be found between the actors, aside from Nim and her gassy sealion who spend the most screen time together. Nothing special and I wouldnít spend the admission price plus popcorn and soda to see it, but it certainly isnít a hardcore disappointment. Nim's Island is worth a visit when it hits DVD.
RECOMMENDATION: Rent it
SUMMARY: "...lacking in full-on entertainment and a suitable amount of happenings."