It's difficult to imagine Jodie Foster, an actress who has become known for portraying strong, capable women, playing instead someone who is afraid to leave her own home. But, in this whimsical tale, she does just that, as a stay at home author of adventure books.
She writes under the name of Alex Rover, but all of the fantastic stories are from her imagination and not experience. Her tales are very different from the lonely life she leads as an agoraphobic.
Based on a novel by Wendy Orr, 11 year old Nim, played by terrific Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), lives on a South Seas island with her marine biologist father Jack (Gerard Butler).
She has a life that any child would envy. She plays with lizards and sea lions and runs around the island without a care in the world. That is, until her dad goes out for sea research and following a bad storm, fails to return.
The very resourceful Nim contacts Rover, the author of her favorite books, because he would know what do to locate her father. When Foster gets the call for help, it's just the push she needs to get her to leave home, and even though it's very difficult for her and she needs a lot of comforting props, she's off to help Nim find Jack.
Directors Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin not only provide a beautiful setting, but also plenty of exciting action that is bound to appeal to kids of all ages.
Breslin is a delight and it sure is fun watching Foster stretch her considerable talents to play someone completely different.