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Abigail Breslin

It is always an interesting moment for film lovers when an actress they have watched grow up on the screen suddenly makes their first ‘grown-up film’. That recently happened for fans of young star Abigail Breslin, whether she was cracking gags in “Little Miss Sunshine” or fighting zombies in “Zombieland” there has always been an air of innocence around the characters that Breslin has portrayed. It was therefore a shock to many when they sat down to watch crime thriller “The Call” and saw a very grown-up Breslin appear in her underwear while being menaced by a serial killer.
Abigail Kathleen Breslin was born on the 14th April, 1996 in New York City. She is the daughter of Michael and Kim Breslin, her mother is a housewife and her father is a computer programmer who works in the telecommunications field. It has also been revealed that Abigail was named after former First Lady of The United States Abigail Adams.
The acting bug really did bite Abigail Breslin at a very early age – not surprising when you consider that her brothers Ryan and Spencer are also actors. Abigail made her first acting appearance at the age of three when she appeared in a ‘Toys ‘R’ Us’ commercial, and it obviously made a huge impact because soon she was being cast by director M. Night Shyamalen to appear in his 2002 alien suspense film “Signs” alongside Mel Gibson. The film not only made $408 million at the box office but also saw Breslin receive praise for her performance from film critics and journalists right around the world.
Despite early success in the feature film world Breslin then decided to appear in television shows such as “Hack”, “What I Like About You”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “NCIS” before again returning to the big screen in “Raising Helen” (with Kate Hudson), “Keane” and “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement”, the latter film introducing her to a much younger film base and also making her one of the most popular younger Hollywood stars.
After more television appearances, this time on “Ghost Whisperer” and “Grey’s Anatomy” Breslin then once again impressed critics with her portrayal of a young Olive Hoover in the surprise hit “Little Miss Sunshine”. Her role in “Little Miss Sunshine” also saw her receive an Academy Award nomination. Now with the world at her feet Breslin appeared in lesser known movies “The Ultimate Gift” and “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” before playing ‘adopted daughter’ to Catherine Zeta-Jones in “No Reservations” and then starring alongside Ryan Reynolds in “Definitely, Maybe”.
In 2008 Breslin again got in touch with her younger fans when she played Eco-warrior Nim in the well received “Nim’s Island” and since then has appeared in a string of hits including “My Sister’s Keeper”, “Zombieland”, “New Year’s Eve” and of course recent release “The Call”. Over the years Breslin has also showed that she is a talented voice artist and has lent her voice to films such as “Air Buddies”, “Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey”, “Rango” and also the underrated “Zambezia”.
Outside of acting Breslin has shown a real love for animals and it is understood that she is wanting to study to become a veterinarian although she has also gone on the record saying that if she wasn’t an actress she would also be interested in becoming a fashion designer. Breslin has also revealed that she is a talented musician and performs in a band called CABB with her best friend Cassidy Reiff.
Fans of Abigail Breslin better get used to her playing more grown-up characters from now on. She will soon be seen on the big screen in another thriller called “Final Girl” before appearing alongside Harrison Ford in action science fiction “Ender’s Game” and then with Juliette Lewis, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in comedy drama “August: Osage County”. She is also currently working on Mark Young’s “Wicked Blood” and is also set to star with Arnold Schwarznegger in “Maggie” and the apocalyptic “Peste”. Yes, if you’re an Abigail Breslin fan you’ll be buying a lot of cinema tickets over the next twelve months.

Nim's Island

Summary: 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.

Year: 2008

Australian Cinema Release Date: 3rd April, 2008

Australian DVD Release Date: 17th September, 2008

Country: USA

Director: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin

Screenwriter: Jospeh Kwong, Paula Mazur, Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett, Wendy Orr (novel)

Cast: Abigail Breslin (Nim Rusoe), Gerard Butler (Jack Rusoe/Alex Rover), Jodie Foster (Alexandra Rover), Morgan Griffin (Alice), Maddison Joyce (Edmund), Alphonso McAuley (Russell)

Runtime: 96 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Nim’s Island’ Review:

Originally appeared on www.helium.com

In 2008 the family film ‘Nim’s Island’ became a surprise hit and since then the film has become a favourite for families world-wide. To its credit the film’s strong environmental message comes through loud and clear but it is a mistake to think that the film is absolutely perfect because it sadly does have some glaring problems that prevent it from becoming a great film.

Based on a series of adventure novels written by Wendy Orr for a teenage market ‘Nim’s Island’ follows Nim (Abigail Breslin) a young girl who lives on a deserted island with her father Jack Rusoe (Gerard Butler) who is a world famous marine biologist.

When Jack goes missing at sea Nim panics and reaches out to one of her heroes, the legendary adventurer Jack Rover (also played by Gerard Butler), but instead finds herself talking to Jack’s creator, the agoraphobic author Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster). And while Alexandra desperately tries to get to Nim to help her Nim finds herself busy as she tries to protect her island from a invasion by the crew and passengers of a cruise ship, including the inquisitive Edmund (Maddison Joyce). Nim’s greatest fear being that this is the start of the island becoming a tourist mecca.

Directors Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin do a wonderful making ‘Nim’s Island’ look beautiful on the big screen but you do have to question why they allowed actors such as Peter Callan and Rhonda Doyle to over-act so badly. Yes children love characters to be over the top but the style Callan and Doyle use in this film is so over the top that their performances suspend the film’s believability whenever they are on the screen. Young Maddison Joyce also tries hard but is also mis-directed, but at least his performance isn’t as bad as Callan and Doyle’s.

Luckily the film leaves that problem completely in its wake and is genuinely entertaining while still managing to teach its audience a lot about some very important environmental issues. The film’s storyline also manages to mix its human characters with some pretty talented performers of the animal variety – and you’ll certainly be remembering Selkie the very intelligent sea lion for a long time after watching the film.

This really was the film that launched the career of a very young Abigail Breslin and it’s not surprising that she went on to bigger and better things. She puts in a wonderful performance in the role of the feisty Nim and seems to take anything that is thrown at her. Jodie Foster also steps up with ‘Nim’s Island’ and revealed that she was more than capable of mixing comedy and drama together when she needed to. Sadly thought the plot leaves the talented Gerard Butler very under used.

‘Nim’s Island’ delivers a strong message that every young person needs to hear at least once in their film. The film looks beautiful and the performances of Abigail Breslin and Jodie Foster easily overshadow some of the weaker performances of other cast members. At the end of the day though it is easy to see how this film has become a family favourite.


Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Nim’s Island′: Nil

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating:Nim's Island (2008) on IMDb