Nim’s island (U)
Dirs: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
With: Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin, Gerard Butler
Jodie Foster, last seen pounding New York's meaner streets in vigilante thriller The Brave One, takes a break from reality in this likeable fantasy adventure. The double-Oscar winner plays author Alexandra Rover, creator of an Indiana Jones-style fictional hero who is a world away from her agoraphobic, clean freak, self. By the wonders of e-mail, she comes into contact with Nim (Abigail Breslin), a little girl living on a tropical island with her scientist father (Glasgow's Gerard Butler). Inspired by her own creation - Butler doubling up as the dashing hero - Foster limps into action when a call for help arrives. If the fantasy scenes prove confusing for the U-certificate crowd, and the attempts at comedy slightly toe-curling for adults, there's plenty of exotic animals and scenery. The walk on the lighter side suits Foster.