Aug 11 2008
I am mainly a horror movie buff, but I do have several actresses/actors I follow no matter what they are in. Jodie Foster happens to be one of those actresses or I wouldn’t have noticed this movie, which I really enjoyed.
I suppose Nim’s Island is predominantly a childrens movie, but I think children of all ages can enjoy it. I certainly did. The story line is a little predictable, but it is quite humorous in the telling. The main character Nim (Abigail Breslin) is quite resourceful throughout the movie. She is left alone on her own personal island when her scientist father becomes lost at sea. It is so refreshing to see a young girl being portrayed as intelligent, talented, and able to solve problems in a humorous way. Being an animal lover I enjoyed the company of Nim’s friends, Fred the lizard, Galileo the pelican, and Selki the seal.
The adventure writer, Alex Rover (Jodie Foster), on the other hand has become debilitated by her agoraphobia and can’t even leave her house. Soon she finds herself trying to overcome her fears so she can “rescue” Nim. This is such a departure from her role in The Brave One which I thought was one of her best movies in a long time. I think she pulled off a fun comedic role in this movie.
If you find yourself in the mood for a lighthearted fantasy adventure, I think Nim’s Island is worth the price of a DVD rental.