Adventure on land of make believe

Category: Nim's Island Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: May 1, 2008 | Publication: The Newham Recorder | Author: Editor
Publication/Article Link: May 2008 10:05:43:150

Nim (Abigail Breslin) lives with her scientist father Jack (Gerard Butler) on a remote island with only a few animals for company.

And she loves the stories of Alex Rover, the world's greatest adventurer.

The author, Alexandra (Jodie Foster) leads a reclusive life in the big city, but when Nim's father (Gerard Butler) goes missing from their island, a twist of fate brings her together with Alexandra.

It appears that no two people could be any more different. Nim craves the thrill of great journeys and true friendships, while Alexandra is a comical bundle of frayed nerves.

But the two quickly discover that they share something vital in common - a belief in the power of the imagination, and a love of Alexandra's fictional creation, Alex Rover, whose boundless courage and derring-do will inspire them to go amazing places and make close connections of which they once only dreamed.

Foster and Butler are on good comic form in NIM'S ISLAND (U), a children's adventure which will be enjoyed by adults, too.

Breslin, 12, says that what first drew her to the role was Nim's amazing life of action, adventure and unbridled imagination.

"I got to do a lot of climbing and running, and flying on the zip-line, which was really fun. And sword fighting!

"I learned how to do duck dives, how to hold my breath under water, and even how to scream under water. It's not as hard as you think.