DVD: Breslin swings onto 'Nim's Island'
Category: Nim's Island Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: August 5, 2008 | Publication: Oakland Tribune | Author: Barry Caine
Nim (Abigail Breslin), a Robinson Crusoe-ish 11-year-old, cozies up to her island pals "” a sea lion, a dragon lizard and a pelican "” when her scientist father (Gerard Butler) disappears at sea in "Nim's Island." Imaginatively shot, this kids-oriented tale is fun and exciting, but also tackles some heavy emotional issues (terror at the thought of being alone forever) and doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense "” not in a logical universe, anyway.
Breslin shines as the spirited, self-sufficient girl whose mind conjures adventure fantasy scenes with Alex Rover (Butler again), her favorite fiction-book hero. When her pop doesn't return, Nim e-mails Alex for help, not realizing
Alex is really Alexandra (Jodie Foster), an agoraphobic San Francisco author too frightened to go outside for her mail.
Alexandra also channels Alex, visible as a brash alter ego prodding her to go to Nim's island and help the kid. Foster's comic shtick is funny "” if you can appreciate agoraphobic humor from a woman who talks to an imaginary friend.
Extras: Informative shorts about filming on water and working with animals; deleted scenes (check the undersea-rescue original shot); commentary with filmmakers, Foster and Breslin.