Nims Island (Blu-ray) (2008)
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|Welcome to Nim's Island, a tropical paradise where imagination runs wild and adventure rules! Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler shine in this fun, "exhilarating and enchanting family picture" (San Francisco Chronicle) based on Wendy Orr's beloved novel.|
Nim Rusoe (Breslin) lives on a deserted island with her scientist father Jack (Butler) and her best friends: Selkie, a sea lion; Fred, a bearded dragon lizard; and Galileo, a plucky pelican. But when Jack goes missing at sea and the island is "invaded," Nim reaches out via e-mail to the adventurous author (Foster) of her favorite books, and together, each discovers what it takes to truly become the hero of your own life story.
"...an unexpectedly funny performance by Jodie Foster and a unflaggingly spunky Abigail Breslin make for above average family entertainment. Ken Fox, TV Guide
"It's hard to imagine kids not enjoying the good-hearted, lovingly shot fantasy of it all, and Breslin is charming... Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
"Exhilarating and enchanting family picture...highly recommended for girls and for boys, too. Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"...looks terrific. Flawless CGI and forays into animation keep things visually lively... Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune
Editor's NoteBased on the popular children's novel of the same name by Wendy Orr, NIM'S ISLAND follows the adventures of Nim Rusoe (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE's Abigail Breslin), a spirited young girl who lives on a remote island with her scientist dad, Jack (300's Gerard Butler), and a host of animal companions, including an iguana, a sea lion, and a sea turtle. Nim's idyllic life gets shaken up, however, when her father goes missing while on an ocean outing. Seeking help to find Jack, Nim contacts her favorite literary hero, explorer Alex Rover (also played by Butler), who, in reality, is uptight--and distinctly unadventurous--author Alexa Rover (Jodie Foster). Against her better judgment, Alexa journeys to Nim's faraway home, setting a series of thrilling and funny moments in motion.Directed and written (in part) by the husband/wife team of Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, NIM'S ISLAND revels in its fanciful premise, never getting hung up on its unrealistic plot points. (E-mail on an extremely secluded island?) While Breslin and Butler are charming, the real revelation is witnessing the oft-serious Foster ham it up in a role requires plenty of slapstick, fish-out-of-water moments. Although teens might roll their eyes at NIM'S unapologetically sugary scenes, younger children will enjoy the giddy mood present of the ISLAND.
Nim's Island - DVD Review
By: Sean O'Connell filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 7/25/2008 5:56 PM
|Movies aimed at preteen boys are a dime a dozen, particularly as we approach the summertime when superhero movies compete with science-fiction sequels and bawdy high school comedies for available multiplex screens. Young girls, unfortunately, aren't so lucky. On the rare occasion that Hollywood does decide to throw teen girls a bone, they're spoon-fed skeletal garbage like the dreadful Nancy Drew or a doomed vehicle for Hilary Duff. Asking Kirsten Dunst to sharpen an edge for Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man movies doesn't count. Nim's Island tries to rectify this dire situation, and gets off to a strong start before abandoning its imaginative premise for madcap antics....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Mark Levin - Screenwriter|
|Stuart Dryburgh - Director of Photography|
|Patrick Doyle - Composer|
|Wendy Orr - Source Writer|
|Joseph Kwong - Screenwriter|
|Paula Mazur - Producer|
|Paula Mazur - Screenwriter|
|Jennifer Flackett - Screenwriter|
|Mark Levin - Director|
|Jennifer Flackett - Director|
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