'Nim's Island' Trailer is Chock-Full of Psychoses

December 19, 2007


A summary of the new Jodie Foster/Abigail Breslin/Gerard Butler family adventure, Nim's Island, as provided by Yahoo:

Anything can happen on Nim's Island, a magical place ruled by a young girl's imagination. It is an existence that mirrors that of her favorite literary character, Alex Rover - the world's greatest adventurer. But Alexandra, the author of the Rover books, leads a reclusive life in the big city. When Nim's father goes missing from their island, a twist of fate brings her together with Alexandra. Now they must draw courage from their fictional hero, Alex Rover, and find strength in one another to conquer Nim's Island.

Things omitted from this relatively banal description of Nim's Island:

- When it says Nim's Island is "a magical place ruled by a young girl's imagination," they don't mean figuratively. It appears that Nim is a god-like character whose will becomes reality. Either that, or she suffers from paranoid hallucinations, which would actually be an apt parallel, since...

- Jodie Foster's character clearly suffers from intense schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder, mysophobia, and possibly epilepsy. The film seems to use both her vivid hallucinations and uncontrollable seizures as comedic quirks. (Hah! She's talking to her visual realization of a fictional character while in the presence of others! Haha! Now she's convulsing too much to comfortably leave her home!)

I could go on--maybe touching on the (possibly delusional) presence of pirates and Arabian warriors, and the topical airport security jokes--but I think the overabundance of mental disorders is already enough to change this from a passable family fantasy to a mandatory Psych 101 field trip.

Nim's Island Trailer [Yahoo!]

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