Movie Review: ‘Nim’s Island’

Category: Nim's Island Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: June 2, 2008 | Publication: The Hutchinson Leader | Author: Kay Johnson
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Although critics were less than impressed, word-of-mouth buzz has been good on the film “Nim’s Island” based on the book of the same name by Wendy Orr.

I saw the film Friday night and enjoyed it. I think if you went with the mindset that it was going to be a big budget action-adventure film in the spirit of “Indiana Jones” you would be disappointed. The film stars Abigail Breslin (“Sings,” “Little Miss Sunshine”), Gerard Butler (“300,” “P.S. I Love You”) and Jodie Foster (“Silence of the Lambs, ”Taxi Driver”).

Nim (Breslin) and her dad, Jack Rusoe (Butler), live on a South Sea island far from civilization. He’s a scientist and Nim is a nature girl befriending every form of beast and fowl that inhabit the island. Things take a turn when her father goes on a two-day trip away from the island and leaves her behind. He tries to convince her to join him, but she's exercising her independence and opts to stay home. A storm intervenes and Nim is on her own.

Meanwhile in San Francisco, novelist Alexandria Rover (Jodie Foster) is writing another installment of her best-selling adventurer series featuring Alex Rover, also played by Butler. Rover is everything Alexandria isn’t.

Suffering writer’s block, Alexandria happens upon an article about volcanoes written by Jack Rusoe. She e-mails him and Nim responds. One thing leads to another with Alexandria leaving her apartment and heading halfway around the world to help Nim. Farfetched, you bet, but it’s fun.

The best scenes are Alexandria traveling and Nim dealing with the tourist invaders.