'Nim's Island' is nice to look at, but boring. It's a kids movie but the plot is too boring for grown-ups; it focuses on Nim (Abigail Breslin) an 11 year old girl who lives on an island with her father (Gerard Butler) and somehow they can handle a computer...on a bloody island?!
But also, Nim and Jack are a big fan of a writer Alex Rover (Jodie Foster) who sends them - yes - emails! And Nim starts to respond and asks her (assuming she's a man) to come to her island. Meanwhile Jack leaves the island. God only knows why. And gets lost at sea! If he's not confident then he shouldn't leave the island!
There are no proper explanations on how they get WiFi, plus it shouldn't be possible on an island, their home is like a real home - only there are loads of creatures scampering around everywhere. Why would Alex just randomly chose to write to Jack? And the scenes of Alex Rover (in Alexandra's imagination) are just so boring and meaningless! Nim gets her supplies from a supply ship that comes by, but how can they afford it? Presumably they allow the ships to take pearls (in 'Return To The Blue Lagoon', a ship comes to the island because the captain has heard of valuable riches in the sea)
Abigail Breslin is actually rather wasted here, I don't blame her for taking part in a kid's movie ('Little Miss Sunshine' was obviously a grown up movie) and it's probably that she took part to explore an island.
Really, a lot of movies set on islands are just lame ('Cast Away' is a great movie but one of the only good island movies), the lame island movies include 'The Blue Lagoon', 'Return To The Blue Lagoon' (really?), 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked' and this!
I do however think the effects are rather good. The sets are well designed but I wish they hadn't made the house look like a real house! It doesn't look like it was built on an island at all!
But also at the end, Jack returns and meets Alexandra but is Alexandra going to leave the island? Of course, 'Return To Nim's Island' showed us that Alexandra left the island and the island faced a new challenge! What, oh what was the real reason for a sequel? My rating of this one is actually quite generous!