Nim's Island, now on DVD is the story of a little girl (Nim - played by Abigail Breslin) and her scientist father (Jack played by Gerard Butler) who live on a remote south Pacific island. They lead an isolated, yet connected (through high tech means) life together. Nim's mother was lost at sea, when Nim was just a baby. For his research, Jack needs to go and investigate a blob of plankton/algae, and Nim convinces him to leave her behind to help with her sea turtle's eggs hatching. A storm blows up, and Jack is lost. Alex Rover (Jodie Foster) communicates with Nim through e-mail and discovers that Nim is alone and quite scared; Alex then decides to find the island, and ultimately help Nim.
This DVD is a great adventure story, and a great movie. Nim's Island is suitable for kids of all ages - there is a little "heavy adventure" (think threatening sharks), which may require some hand holding for the younger kids, but for the most part there is something for each age group.
The story itself, although slightly fanciful, easily awakened the sense of adventure in my whole family. The idea of being alone on an island really appealed to my children (imagine having all that uninterrupted time with mom and dad). The house/fort where Nim and Jack lived reminded me of Swiss Family Robinson, or Robinson Crusoe, and in fact the characters' family name is Rusoe (Jack Rusoe). The animals that were Nim's friends were equally enchanting, as they were helpful and sociable, and appealed to the animal lovers in my family.
My kids are now "playing Nim". They each choose a character and have adventures as those characters - another display of how the film captures the sense of imagination and adventure.
Equally reassuring was the fact that the "bad guys" in Nim's Island weren't the usual thugs out to physically harm, chase, or otherwise hurt anyone...they just wanted to have access to a special "private" island, for their cruise ship clients.
The movie was well done. The acting was convincing, the story was fantastic, the music was great, and the scenery was breath taking.
I would highly recommend this DVD for kids of all ages who want to open the door to adventure.