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NEW Breslin/butler/foster - Nim's Island (Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic! May 13 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a great family movie. I saw it at a friends and had to buy it for when the grandchildren come over! Beautiful story!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for kids Aug. 17 2008
Nim (Abigail Breslin) lives with her scientist father (Gerard Butler) on their own tropical island. They have all the modern conveniences and are devoted to one another. One day, Dad gets lost at sea and Nim starts an email correspondence with Alex Rover (Jodie Foster), the neurotic, agoraphobic author of Nim's favorite adventure novels. Alex vows to come to Nim's island to help the little girl.

If I were eight years old, I'd have fallen in love with this movie. It's all about living a dream-life with a great father and lots of spunky wild animals to play with. But I'm not eight, and I found the movie way too precious and utterly boring. Foster had a few cute scenes as the phobic hermit, but seemed wrong for the part. Butler is eye-candy for the ladies but seemed to phone in his performance, and Breslin looked too old for the part, rattling off dialogue that sounded like, well, movie dialogue or a clever Leno interview. She was too perfect, confidant, and capable and lacked the cuteness and sincereity she had in earlier movies (Signs and Little Miss Sunshine).

While the island scenery was lovely, there was a lot of obvious CGI and the movie felt like an over-long cartoon. There is never any doubt that the movie will end happily and the lack of suspense ruined it for me. Highly recommended for kids; adults may find it provides a nice nap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The writer the scientist and the island Aug. 17 2008
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Nim Rusoe (Abigail Breslin) lives on an unknown island with her scientist father Jack (Gerard Butler.) One day her father sets out on the sea to make a discovery. Unfortunately there was a storm and her father did not return. So Nim turns to her adventure book hero Alex Rover to help her find her father. Well you guessed it Alex is really Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster) the writer of the adventure novels. Can Alexia overcome her agoraphobia and help Nim? Mean time back at the ranch or island Nim but throat off an invasion from a ship, "The buccaneer."

Loosely based on a story "Nim's Island" by Wendy Orr, with all its hokeyness and predictability could well turn out to be one of the best kid's films available. There is no underlying moral clap trap; it is just pure fun adventure.

The only real problem is that they crank the music scenes up so loud that you can not hear the dialog or is it the dialog so low that when you turn the sound up the music decibels shakes the whole abode.

The film was just asking for the Blu-ray treatment and even with Blu-ray and a big screen it is impossible to tell when the Nim's anthropomorphic friend lizard "Fred" is animal, CGI, rubber or a hybrid of all three.

Joe Versus the Volcano ~ Tom Hanks
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