Category: Nim's Island Reviews | Posted by: stagewomanjen
Article Date: September 26, 2008 | Publication: Stuff.co.nz | Author: Tracey Bond
Nim's Island is the tale of a young girl who's left alone on an island and enlists the help of an adventure writer when her father goes missing at sea.
Eleven-year-old Nim (Abigail Breslin) leads a carefree life with no school and the freedom of a hidden tropical island paradise to keep her busy.
She lives with her dad, a marine biologist, and her best friends are a seal, a pelican and a bearded dragon lizard.
Life is perfect until her father doesn't return from a sample collecting expedition at sea.
Lucky for Nim she has an internet connection, which she uses to communicate with agoraphobic writer Alex Rover (a very funny Jodie Foster) who writes a popular adventure series from the carefully controlled confines of her home.
When Alex finds out that Nim is all alone on the island she begins an epic journey to reach the island.
Jodie Foster proves again what a versatile actress she is, this time turning her hand to slapstick comedy.
This is first and foremost a children's film, but despite some good ideas - and convincing performances from Breslin, Foster and Gerard Butler (playing two roles as Nim's father and the hero of Rover's novel), it doesn't live up to its potential.
That could be in part because it is co-directed by writing partners Joseph Kwong and Jennifer Flackett.
Perhaps more interesting than the film itself is the Ďadventure commentary' in which Foster and Breslin discuss their love of animals and conservation with a few interesting titbits about movie-making thrown in for good measure.
The kids will probably love it but adults won't be so convinced.
Extras: The usual deleted scenes and featurettes and the outstanding Ďadventure commentary' with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin.