Nim's Island (Film)

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Director: Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett
Cast: Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin, Gerard Butler
RunTime: 95 mins
Genre: Adventure/Children/Fantasy
Rating: PG

It’s only in a movie like Nim’s Island that the heroine is Little Miss Sunshine Abigail Breslin, with heavy weights Jodie Foster taking a back seat. This young child talent (some say acting prodigy) is the spark in the entire movie.

The story is a children's adventure based on the book Nim's Island by Wendy Orr. A young girl, Nim (Abigail Bresline), seeks help from the author of her favourite adventure series when her scientist father (Gerard Butler) goes missing. The author, Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster), is an agoraphobic living in San Francisco. Rover overcomes her fears and sets out in search of Nim on an unknown island somewhere in the South Pacific.

Last seen in The Brave One, Jodie Foster so used to the playing strong independent woman does a 180 degree turn in playing this accident prone, perpertually frantic agoraphobic. This is the kind of role that would go well with one of the desperate housewives like Felicity Huffman. Some say it’s rather refresing, while I thought Jodie looks mismatched and embarrasing in this character more concerned with her sanitizers.

Spartan Gerard Bulter, depsite playing two roles in this movie, is rather forgettable. Being caught at in the rain and sea most of the time, his screentime is not as magetic as the girls.

Being both innocent and resourceful, wide-eyed Abigail Breslin is totally likeable. But along with flying pet reptiles and dancing sealions, the cuteness level may be too much for some adults to take.

Nim’s Island – Will please children below 12

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