DVD of the Week - Nim's Island

Category: Nim's Island Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: August 26, 2008 | Publication: The Evening Telegraph | Author: Editor
Publication/Article Link:http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/entertainment/DVD-CHOICE/article-287626-detail/article.html

NIM (Abigail Breslin) lives on a lush South Pacific island with her scientist father Jack (Gerard Butler), who studies plankton while the youngster amuses herself with animal chums Selkie the sea lion, Galileo the pelican and Fred the bearded dragon.

When Jack is lost at sea during a monsoon, Nim sends an email SOS to her favourite writer, Alex Rover. Little does Nim know that Alex is actually Alexandra (Jodie Foster), a recluse who lives in San Francisco, far from the tropical locations she writes about with such verve. Despite her all-consuming fear of the outside world, Alexandra is moved by Nim's plight and she follows the girl's co-ordinates 20 degrees south, 162 degrees west to help the girl locate Jack.

Nim's Island is a fun and frothy girl's own adventure. Foster is hilarious, playing an agora- phobic, who almost hyper-ventilates when she runs out of antiseptic hand wash.