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.
**Forced Trailers: Ice Age 3, Horton Hears a Who, Angel Wars: Guardian Force, Garfield Fun Fest
**Commentary with Writer and Directors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett
**Commentary with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin
**Working on Water
**Trailer Farm: Dr. Dolittle 5, Elephant Tales, Picture This
Cast & Crew
Foster proves adept at broad physical comedy, the animated sequences charm, and codirectors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett send up the make-believe Rover with panache.
It's a wondrous and warmhearted adventure story with some nifty special effects and some first-rate performances.
There's a lot to like about spunky Breslin, even when she's unnecessarily recapping events or recapitulating Home Alone as she chases caricatured cruise-ship tourists from her island. She's a charismatic, energetic presence at the heart of the film
Nim's Island is a win-win proposition: an entertaining, diverting adventure saga that offers excitement and a relatable heroine for children, and also will remind their parents of favorite classics from their own youth.
Nim's aquatic adventures and those on land provide the majority of thrills in this exhilarating and enchanting family picture. It's the best I've seen this year and highly recommended for girls and for boys, too.
It's worth spending 90 minutes on Nim's Island. You just wouldn't want to get stranded there.
Its characters, especially the youngest one, are engaging, and few adults are immune to childhood fantasies about secluded tropical isles.