Nimís Island is for daddies' girls

Category: Nim's Island Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: May 1, 2008 | Publication: metro.co.uk | Author: Editor
Publication/Article Link:http://www.metro.co.uk/metrolife/films/article.html?in_article_id=145669&in_page_id=27

Think Home Alone with a farting pet seal. This gently charming if patience-wearing childrens film for daddies' girls (it's sure to win middle-class parental approval), sees bookish 11-year-old Nim (Little Miss Sunshine's ever-superb Abigail Breslin) abandoned on a remote paradise island when her biologist father (Gerard Butler, providing the token testosterone) gets lost at sea.

For contrived plot reasons, Nim's only SOS human lifeline thence on comes via e-mail contact with Alex Rover (Jodie Foster), author of her favourite adventure books, who is a scaredy-cat, germ-obsessed recluse.

Can Alex ditch her hand sanitiser to come save Nim? Guess.

The film's pace is feeble but its heart is in the right place Ė unlike Foster's awkward slapstick, or Butler's latest bemusing accent.

Stick to being inexplicably Scottish at all times, mate; it worked for Sean Connery.