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  • While Jack is busy doing his work Nim is busy reading books from her favorite author, Alex Rover (Jodie Foster), and playing with her animal friends
  • With a new problem erupting Nim tries to get help from Rover, who happens to be agoraphobia and she hasn't left her house for quite some time
  • I noticed a few scenes that didn't quite look up to high definition standards
  • Foster and Breslin offer a boring track, full of small talk that seemed forced upon them by somebody else in the room


    • by Sami Oughanem

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      Walden Media hasn’t really changed movies with some of their movie adaptations of their famous novels. There seems to be more buzz around the actual title than the movie itself, which doesn’t sit well for movie goes. Is Nim’s Island going to suffer the same way just all the other Walden Media movies?

      Nim (Abigail Breslin) is the daughter of an explorer mother who was swallowed by a whale. The only one Nim has left is Jack (Gerard Butler), the biologist father. The two live in the middle of nowhere and Jack studies all of the surroundings. While Jack is busy doing his work Nim is busy reading books from her favorite author, Alex Rover (Jodie Foster), and playing with her animal friends.

      Things take a turn for the worse when Jack goes on a journey and ends up going missing at sea. While Jack is lost at sea Nim gets an email from Rover about some research for her latest


      novel. Both Nim and Alexandra start exchanging emails and out of the blue something happens on Nim’s island.

      A ship full of tourists is heading to the island where Nim and her father live at. Nim recently read a book from Alex Rover and is scared that these people are going to take over their secret island. With a new problem erupting Nim tries to get help from Rover, who happens to be agoraphobia and she hasn’t left her house for quite some time.

      My biggest problem with Nim’s Island was the fact that nothing big really seemed to happen. There are a bunch of aspects in this movie that lead you to believe that something huge is going to happen, but most of the time these parts end up being forgotten. It is a huge problem because when these things are forgotten we get new things occurring in the movie and the cycle continues.

      One example of this is when Nim hurts her leg. This part of the film is shown for quite some time, Nim will check her leg and she actually tells Alex about this when asking for help. All of the sudden this part of the movie is dropped and Nim is running around like a kid again, all thanks to the wonderful script that makes no sense what so ever.

      Nim’s Island tries to be the next big children’s fantasy movie, yet I did not feel like there were too many fantasy elements. All of the fantasy islands combined doesn’t add up to be anything. It is so minimal that you will think this part of the movie does not even exist. It does people, if you want all the fantasy this movie book has to offer then you better pick up the novel and have a great imagination.

      The blu-ray version of this film actual has a few problems with both the video and audio. I ...


      • Nim's Island, adventure-fantasy film
      noticed a few scenes that didn’t quite look up to high definition standards. Some of the far away shots at the island simply look below par, though things are better whenever you see shots of the water. As for the audio I couldn’t help but noticing a few audio reductions during some of the movies sequences.

      On the extras front you have two commentary tracks, one with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin and the other with Co-directors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. Foster and Breslin offer a boring track, full of small talk that seemed forced upon them by somebody else in the room. There is just way too much silence during this track. If you are looking for a good commentary track then you better listen to the other one, Levin and Flackett let people know about the small budget they had a some neat stories about the films production process.

      The rest of the special features are small. All

      of the small featurettes seem to have been made as time filler on the disc. You are best off skipping these and watching the three deleted scenes, surprisingly they are not half but, yet none of them really help out the movie too much.

      While the featurettes seem lame and weak there are some games that might entertain children for awhile. My favorite game out of the three has to be Coconut Soccer. There isn’t anything too advance about this game; however I did have more fun with this game than some of the budget games on the Nintendo Wii.

      Nim’s Island is another failed attempt at a movie from Walden Media. The movie promises adventure and fantasy, all you get here is minimal fantasy and about as much adventure as a Saturday morning cartoon. The extras on the blu-ray really don’t seem to help the higher price; you are better off renting this movie or picking it up on DVD.




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Andrew Leither says :

Most helpful. Just reading this review I kind of felt connected with Jack and what he had to go through. This is a must for me to see this film and will purchase it at nearby DVD store great information and the way you portrayed the movie review.

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Trey Clough says :

I saw this movie a while back and did not enjoy it either - glad to see someone else who feels the same way

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