Nim's Island Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Nim's Island

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch:

    A courageous girl draws an action writer into her own high-seas adventure.

  • Starring:

    Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler

  • Directed by:

    Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A woman appears to drown. In visual re-enactments of an action-adventure book, a man fights with a group of armed Arab guards using fists, kicks and sticks. A man is trussed to a stick then thrown into a volcano as a tribal sacrifice (story visualisation). Tribal dancers are seen. A man is knocked overboard (twice) by a huge wave. A man tries to spear a fish. A girl slips down a cliff-face, gashing her knee. Animals are catapulted through the air. Sharks circle a man in a capsizing boat. Items get smashed/knocked over in a storm. A girl uses a machete to cut rope. A woman hits her head/face on tree branches. Screaming, loud voices. Blood/gore: Bloody knee, cut. Bloody hand. Bloody bandage. Pus and swelling are mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Beachwear and islander wear is worn.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (Beer, cocktails, punch. Piña coladas are mentioned.) A woman takes motion-sickness tablets.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Cultural and ethnic stereotyping; name-calling.

  • THEMES:

    Adventure, daring, abandonment, trust, marine biology, ecology, loneliness, mental illness (OCD, agoraphobia), life-education, fantasy, escapism, hearing voices, isolation, independence, phobia, faith, triumph over adversity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mother is seen in flashback and frequently mentioned. Remote island setting. Scorching desert setting (during story). Sea lion, pelican, lizards (blue-tongue, bearded dragon, water dragon), fish, turtles, mealworms (eating is implied), camels, spiders, cobwebs, starfish, sharks, whale, plankton, caged foul, goat. Home-schooling. A girl travels down a flying-fox. Wild tropical storm with severe winds, thunder, lightning and heavy rain. A daughter frequently refers to her father by his first name. Leaky boat. Castaway. Fishing. Rock-climbing, abseiling. Volcano (erupts). Several high camera angles from on top of the volcano (down toward the ground) and aerials. A woman flosses her teeth. Spitting. Vomiting is heard. A nervous passenger is seen travelling on a jet, propeller plane and a helicopter. A sea lion farts (bubbles are seen and a bad smell is mentioned). A pig is roasted on a spit. Sausages cook on a barbecue. Stewing meat. Port-a-potties are seen. Flying lizards land on people's faces/heads. Rockfalls, avalanche, volcanic steam. Campfire.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Beautiful graphics illustrate the telling of a family legend. Stunning Queensland scenery. Above-average family-friendly movie. Goodhearted, endearing. Abigail Breslin is spunky and brave; Jodie Foster is unexpectedly funny.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Cultural and racial stereotypes. Infrequent interaction between performers results in flailing chemistry. The merging of three different story-lines may be confusing.

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