Monday, August 4, 2008

MOVIE: NIM'S ISLAND



Nim's Island is a 2008 American film directed by Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin. The film stars Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, and Gerard Butler. The story is a adventure-fantasy film based on the book Nim's Island by Wendy Orr, a Canadian-born Australian writer.

A young girl, Nim (Breslin), seeks help from the author of her favourite adventure series when her scientist father (Butler) goes missing. Nim, though, lives on an island in the South Pacific. The author, Alexandra Rover (Foster), is an agoraphobic living in San Francisco. Rover overcomes her fears and sets out in search of Nim while Nim tries to overcome her fear of losing her father. In the meantime, a cruise ship company threatens to invade Nim's island with uncouth tourists.




I am always down for a fantasy adventure film that is aimed towards the younger kids. Just read my review of The Spiderwick Chronicles that I wrote last week. Like Spiderwick, Nim's Island has the heart but it's not in the right place, it's actually all over the place. The film takes a simple premise and stretches it for the entire film. Nothing that exciting is going on but the film seems to think so.

It takes forever for Nim to realize that her dad is not coming back when he said he would. It takes forever for Foster to leave her apartment. It takes her forever to get to the island. It takes forever for Nim to make the tourist ship go away. It takes forever for Nim's dad to get back home. This all happens in 4 days, when it feels like 4 years.

Breslin is cute and so are the animals that she befriends. Foster is good but kind of over doing it a bit and Butler is, well, Butler. The scenes with the tourist ship turning the island into a resort and Nim trying to kick them off is not exciting or funny, just there. That's how all the scenes in the movie feel. They all feel like they are just there and thats that. There is also so much waves knocking people off boats in this movie that I thought I was watching The Perfect Storm. Nim tries but doesn't succeed as a good family film.

Nim's Island: 4 out of 10

The DVD features the director's and writer's commentary, along with commentary from Breslin and Foster, deleted scenes and featurettes.


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