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Nim's Island is a 2008 (11 years ago) American movie directed by Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin. The movie stars Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster (6 walls), and Gerard Butler. The story is an adventure-fantasy movie based on the book Nim's Island by Wendy Orr, a Canadian-born Australian writer. A young girl, Nim, seeks help from the author of her favorite adventure series when her scientist father goes missing. Nim, though, lives on an island in the South Pacific. The author, Alexandra Rover, is an agoraphobic living in San Francisco. Rover overcomes her fears and sets out in search of Nim while Nim tries to overcome her fear of losing her father. In the meantime, a cruise ship company threatens to invade Nim's Island with uncouth tourists. The movie was released on Apr. 4, 2008 (11 years ago).



Nim (Abigail Breslin) is an 11-year-old girl, whose mother has died. Her father said she was swallowed by a blue whale after it was scared by a ship called the Buccaneers. She lives with her father Jack Rusoe (Gerard Butler (5 walls)), a marine biologist, on an island in the South Pacific. She has some local animals for company: Selkie the sea lion, Fred the bearded dragon, Chicca the turtle, and Galileo the pelican. Jack goes by boat on a scientific mission of two days to find protozoa Nim (a new species of plankton); he wants to take her along, but she convinces him that she needs to stay to oversee the imminent hatching of Chicca's eggs and can manage on her own; they will be able to communicate by satellite phone.

Nim, who is fond of Alex Rover adventure books written by Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster (6 walls)), receives an email addressed to her father with an inquiry about his field of knowledge. The sender "Alex Rover" seems to be the explorer, but is actually Alexandra, a neurotic San Franciscan who constantly sees her character Alex Rover (also Gerard Butler (5 walls)). An email conversation follows, where Nim first poses as her father's assistant and then goes to the volcano on the island to see what's inside it and is hurt in the process.

Jack suffers a shipwreck, which makes it impossible for Nim and Jack to communicate. Also, he does not return on the planned date. Throughout the movie, Galileo brings Jack things he needs to fix his ship. Nim explains the situation to "Alex". Although she suffers from agoraphobia and therefore never leaves the house or even opens the door, she travels to the island to rescue Nim.

The island is visited by tourists, taken by Nim to be pirates. Without exposing herself, she scares them away by catapulting lizards at them and making it look like volcano is about to erupt. One of the tourists, a spoiled rich boy named Edmund, follows her and sees her. He is confused by her presence, and believes her to be another tourist. But when he tells the others, he isn't believed and punished from his GameBoy and TV for a month by his parents for leaving them. The tourists leave. Alex arrives by helicopter at the tourists' boat and tells about her rescue mission. The tourists do not believe that a girl is on the island, but Edmund tells her what he had seen. Encouraged, Alex goes to the island and is saved by Nim from drowning. At first Nim doesn't want her to stay, but eventually allows her. Later Jack arrives on a raft still holding the plankton, and he and Alexandra fall in love.


  • Abigail Breslin as Nim Rusoe
  • Jodie Foster (6 walls) as Alexandra Rover
  • Gerard Butler (5 walls) as Jack Rusoe / Alex Rover
  • Anthony Simcoe as First Mate
  • Alphonso McAuley as Russell
  • Morgan Griffin as Alice
  • Michael Carman as Captain
  • Christopher Baker as Ensign
  • Maddison Joyce as Edmund


The movie received mixed reviews from critics. As of Apr. 10, 2008 (11 years ago), the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 49% of critics gave the movie positive reviews, based on 80 reviews. Metacritic reported the movie had an average score of 55 out of 100, based on 23 reviews.


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