Nim's Island (U)

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Time Out rating:

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Tue Apr 29 2008

Nim (Abigail Breslin) is an 11-year-old girl living with her scientist father (Gerard Butler) on a remote island in the fictional South Asiatic Sea, and her only contact with the outside world is through email and a series of novels purportedly written by tough-guy adventurer, Alex Rover. So when Nim’s father is lost at sea, she naturally calls out to her hero for rescue. But the real Alex Rover is quite different: agoraphobic, clean-freak Alexandra (Jodie Foster) hasn’t left her San Francisco home in six years.

One could argue that the makers of ‘Nim’s Island’ are rather irresponsible: the island is a health and safety nightmare, crawling with wildlife and festooned with rickety rope bridges, vertiginous cliffs and even an active volcano. Nim’s supposedly perfect father has no reservations about leaving his pre-pubescent daughter alone for a few days while he goes off to study marine plankton, with only a farting sealion for companionship: the film’s debt to ‘Home Alone’ is evident, but this time the parental abandonment is entirely intentional.

Husband and wife writer-director team Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett were responsible for 2006’s winsome ‘Little Manhattan’, but their work here is far more muscular: solidly mainstream and surprisingly dark. For older viewers, the film is riddled with flaws: the story is pat, the ending laughable, and Jodie Foster’s attempts at physical comedy are cringeworthy at best. But for younger viewers this is a perfectly serviceable distraction, pacy and packed with incident, engagingly simplistic, with a winningly proactive heroine.
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U

UK release:

Fri May 2, 2008

Duration:

96 mins

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Someone

All those who say it's great.. It's not. It sucks one of the most ridiculous and pointless films ever made.

Someone

All those who say it's great.. It's not. It sucks one of the most ridiculous and pointless films ever made.

n.c

the best ffilm i have ever watched i went to see it yesterday with my mates and i thought it was fabulous i loved it!!!

n.c

the best ffilm i have ever watched i went to see it yesterday with my mates and i thought it was fabulous i loved it!!!

usman khawaja

aflight of fantasy that almost takes off i think i agree with everyone partially ,it is genuinely miscast ,nobly intended and preciously tedious,the pacing is too slow for an adveture ,the humor rather vapid for a comedy and the island too charming for the mock horror it tries to recreate sporadically. the juxtaposition of the three main characters who unintentionally are heading for an extra-terrestrial union somewhere in the pacific is a mixed bag of the travails of an agoraphobic foster ,who is brilliant at times and yet surprisingly mediocre with her comedy ,breslin is being typecast now and butler can only smile or grimace ,any expectations of him becoming an actor are futile . this becomes a satire on air travel with jodie being harassed and bullied in a hilarious manner by the airport security,it was refreshing to see someone reacting to my misery at airports,the stranded boat with butler was precarious and dull,the bucaneer cruise ship was a clever comment on the evils of tour companies and corporates pillaging the pristine global premises. but all this was executed with rather a half -hearted ,insipid ,almost mecanical indifference -as if this was just an obligatory impersonal project and it shows in the final tally ,as a tale of an 11 year old lonely girl surrounded with droll lizards and dancing seals, becomes only a vehicle to arraign a blind date for her widower dad and an agoraphobic author from san francisco who is inexplicably behaving like an 11 year old in some really irritating sequences -not amusing ,because this could have been a rather provocative comment on environment ,loneliness ,isolation and natural preservation which is a crucial issue but instead it becomes a rather silly adventure with indifferent acting and stereotypes , the volcanic eruption was too silly to take seriously as was jodi's escape from the ship. but it just indulges itself to become an average attempt at pleasing kids with flying lizards instead -tather a lost oppurtunity ,albeit my 9 year old enjoyed it -so i am sure kids were the target in this ambitious venture which is ho-hum . usman khawaja

usman khawaja

aflight of fantasy that almost takes off i think i agree with everyone partially ,it is genuinely miscast ,nobly intended and preciously tedious,the pacing is too slow for an adveture ,the humor rather vapid for a comedy and the island too charming for the mock horror it tries to recreate sporadically. the juxtaposition of the three main characters who unintentionally are heading for an extra-terrestrial union somewhere in the pacific is a mixed bag of the travails of an agoraphobic foster ,who is brilliant at times and yet surprisingly mediocre with her comedy ,breslin is being typecast now and butler can only smile or grimace ,any expectations of him becoming an actor are futile . this becomes a satire on air travel with jodie being harassed and bullied in a hilarious manner by the airport security,it was refreshing to see someone reacting to my misery at airports,the stranded boat with butler was precarious and dull,the bucaneer cruise ship was a clever comment on the evils of tour companies and corporates pillaging the pristine global premises. but all this was executed with rather a half -hearted ,insipid ,almost mecanical indifference -as if this was just an obligatory impersonal project and it shows in the final tally ,as a tale of an 11 year old lonely girl surrounded with droll lizards and dancing seals, becomes only a vehicle to arraign a blind date for her widower dad and an agoraphobic author from san francisco who is inexplicably behaving like an 11 year old in some really irritating sequences -not amusing ,because this could have been a rather provocative comment on environment ,loneliness ,isolation and natural preservation which is a crucial issue but instead it becomes a rather silly adventure with indifferent acting and stereotypes , the volcanic eruption was too silly to take seriously as was jodi's escape from the ship. but it just indulges itself to become an average attempt at pleasing kids with flying lizards instead -tather a lost oppurtunity ,albeit my 9 year old enjoyed it -so i am sure kids were the target in this ambitious venture which is ho-hum . usman khawaja

AG

we have never seen it so we dont know bu it sounds alrightt xx

AG

we have never seen it so we dont know bu it sounds alrightt xx

Aalihya

i think this film was absolutely bobbins! it's cheesey, too perfect and setting a bad example if you look at it! Don't waste ur money guyz!

Aalihya

i think this film was absolutely bobbins! it's cheesey, too perfect and setting a bad example if you look at it! Don't waste ur money guyz!

Lee

It was an excellent movie, I think it deserves 6 stars, would recommend it no problem.

Lee

It was an excellent movie, I think it deserves 6 stars, would recommend it no problem.

person

if anyone thinks it is really bob then they are wrond.who ever puts bad comments then that is silly coz it is fantastic!

person

if anyone thinks it is really bob then they are wrond.who ever puts bad comments then that is silly coz it is fantastic!

kris

i am going to watch the film today.... it looks fantastic!!i bet lots of people will like it .me and my dad will enjoy it.it looks funny.i dont no what other people will think bit i think it looks really good.

kris

i am going to watch the film today.... it looks fantastic!!i bet lots of people will like it .me and my dad will enjoy it.it looks funny.i dont no what other people will think bit i think it looks really good.

alice

i havent seen the film yet but me and my mates are going on friday -notin better is on ] what should we choose?

alice

i havent seen the film yet but me and my mates are going on friday -notin better is on ] what should we choose?

Natalie

I really wanted to see this film but i regret seeing it now ! I took my little cousin as we both thought it would be good but obviously not ! It was the worst thing ever my 10 year old cousin actually fell asleep half way through ! She wouldnt budge at all. I tell you now.. NEVERRR watch this film your wasting time and money TRUST ME !!!

Natalie

I really wanted to see this film but i regret seeing it now ! I took my little cousin as we both thought it would be good but obviously not ! It was the worst thing ever my 10 year old cousin actually fell asleep half way through ! She wouldnt budge at all. I tell you now.. NEVERRR watch this film your wasting time and money TRUST ME !!!

jill collins

was very unsure about seeing this movie after reading many bad reviews but I am glad I did!! myself and my partner took our 11 year old grandson and we all enjoyed it . it is a great family movie which i would highly recommend, its funny and its great to see all the weird and wonderful animals and as usual jodie foster was brilliant.

jill collins

was very unsure about seeing this movie after reading many bad reviews but I am glad I did!! myself and my partner took our 11 year old grandson and we all enjoyed it . it is a great family movie which i would highly recommend, its funny and its great to see all the weird and wonderful animals and as usual jodie foster was brilliant.

Jenny

Absolutely dire. Jodie Foster must be down on her luck to have agreed to this. Abigail Breslin was wonderful in 'Little Miss Sunshine' but spends the entire film with a tortured grin on her face. Why does she keep calling her father 'Daddy' then 'Jack'? Gerard Butler is not much better. Woeful. Dire. Avoid like the plague. Oh - and as for the scene when Nim is on the computer and is asked questions like 'How old are you? Are you on your own?'' Gee, great! So much for trying to teach our kids the importance of being safe on the computer when Nim invites a total stranger to come to the island... Woeful!

Jenny

Absolutely dire. Jodie Foster must be down on her luck to have agreed to this. Abigail Breslin was wonderful in 'Little Miss Sunshine' but spends the entire film with a tortured grin on her face. Why does she keep calling her father 'Daddy' then 'Jack'? Gerard Butler is not much better. Woeful. Dire. Avoid like the plague. Oh - and as for the scene when Nim is on the computer and is asked questions like 'How old are you? Are you on your own?'' Gee, great! So much for trying to teach our kids the importance of being safe on the computer when Nim invites a total stranger to come to the island... Woeful!