Excerpt: Nim (Abigail Breslin) lives on an isolated tropical island, with her father Jack (Gerard Butler) and a few close friends to keep her company. Her father is a scientist who studies the ocean, so the remote island is ideal and while her friends are all local wildlife, she still has quite a bond with them. When Jack needs to spend a couple days out on the water as part of his studies, Nim is allowed to stay behind.
Conclusion: While Nim's Island is about as far as one can get from "meaningful" cinema, taken for what it is and all it hopes to accomplish, the movie is a success. Younger audiences will love the film, and older moviegoers with an open mind and a yearning for some harmless, family-friendly fun and adventure will find many things to like about this film, too.
Excerpt: The Film The conservative Walden Media is carving out a niche for itself turning children's fantasy books into family films that act as parables and Nim's Island is no exception. Based on the novel of the same name by the Canadian-born Australian author Wendy Orr, the film focuses on a young girl named Nim (Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine ) who lives alone on an island in the South pacific with her marine biologist father Jack Rusoe (Gerard Butler, P.S.
Excerpt: Nim Rusoe lives on a deserted island with her scientist father Jack 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 of her favorite books, and together, each discovers what it takes to truly become the hero of your own life story.
Excerpt: Nim (Abigail Breslin) lives on a remote tropical island with her scientist father (Gerard Bulter) and her faithful animal pals—Fred the lizard, Galileo the pelican, and Selki the seal. When her father gets lost at sea and the island is "invaded" by tourists, Nim enlists the help of her favorite author, Alex Rover (Jodie Foster), to help her out of her predicament.
Conclusion: 'Nim's Island' is a charming little adventure film for the pre-teen set, though it fails to really cross the age barrier and engage us adults as equally. It's also marred by a miscalculated performance by Jodie Foster, who comes off as shrill and unlikable. There is little to dislike about this Blu-ray, however, with a decent transfer and stronger audio and supplements.
Excerpt: Nim’s Island wants desperately to be Swiss Family Robinson , but it’s more like Swiss Miss: a sickly sweet, powdery substance which when mixed with water may shut your kids up for a few minutes by imitating something good. Except it’s not good, it’s terrible and I spent most of the movie curled up in my seat, approximating a semi-permanent cringe.
Excerpt: A kiddie adventure film set in motion by a horrifying act of neglect, Nim's Island casts Gerard Butler and Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin as a father/daughter team who enjoy an idyllic existence on an otherwise uninhabited South Pacific island. Butler conducts research on microplankton; Breslin befriends local animals and reads voraciously, especially the pulpy tales starring, and apparently written by, an Indiana Jones-like adventurer named Alex Ryder (also...