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What to know: A fun, environmental film especially for teens.
Recommended age 8-14
90 minutes
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This film has lots of action, very funny and is definitely great for the whole family to see.

Let's return to Nim's Island to see how things are going with Nim (Bindi Irwin) and her Father (Matthew Lillard). One day they get a message that some people will be buying the island to build an attraction there, but Nim will not stand for it and comes up with some things to do to save what she calls home. She will do almost anything to protect the island and the animals that she loves so well. Everything is going fine until Edmund, (Toby Wallace), comes along to help but brings trouble. Will Nim get to keep and stay living at her personal resort or will she have to pack up and leave?

I really love this film. It's the sequel to Nim's Island. I love the underwater shoots and the humor. The cast is doing an incredible job in interacting with the animals and making it all believable. My favorite character is Nim because she is not afraid to speak her mind, and will not let anyone push her around. My favorite scene is when Nim is going on the zip line. It looks really cool to ride and I would love to do it. I love the music as it fits in perfectly with the scenes.

Brendan Maher directs "Nim's Island." Author of the "Nim's Island" series, Wendy Orr, is the inspiration behind this film. Everyone does an amazing job - from the animals to all the cast - it makes an impact with an environmental message. The big message is that you should do everything you can to help the marine and wildlife, if you cannot, please do not harm it. Additionally, it emphasizes the idea to "never give up on what you want to do."

I recommend, "Return to Nim's Island" for ages 7 to 14. Parents will enjoy it as much as their kids. If you love the wild you will love this film.

I give this film an overwhelming 5 out of 5 stars. I love the adventure, cinematography, action and, of course, the humor. Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

The magic of the 2008 blockbuster hit "Nim's Island" is back in its sequel, aptly named, "Return to Nim's Island." The film is made up of a completely different cast, but the charm, quirkiness and the aura of excitement makes the island an endearing getaway for the adventurous child that lives in all of our hearts.

Nim (Bindi Irwin), a precocious 14-year-old, still has a gift of immersing herself in nature. She lives on a tropical island with her scientist father Jack (Matthew Lillard) and her animal friends. When a boy named Edmund (Toby Wallace) shows up to explore the island, a wild series of events unravel. Nim, Edmund, and Jack must fight to defend their island and its abundant animal ecosystems from developers and poachers.

Directed by Brendan Maher, the film opens up with amazing underwater cinematography, capturing my attention from the start. The shots of exotic creatures of all shapes and sizes are simply breathtaking. There is, of course, the environmental message behind the storyline. Not only will kids love the fun antics of Selkie the sea lion, but families will also be inspired to learn more about endangered animals and their habitats.

I love the film's new cast. Bindi Irwin, daughter of the Crocodile Hunter star Steven Irwin, is perfectly cast as Nim because of her experience with nature and animals. Her portrayal of Nim takes the character to a whole new level. Nim has transformed into a tough, determined, feisty young lady who will do anything it takes to protect her human and animal friends. Toby Wallace's performance as Edmund is flawless - he has the good looks, the comic charisma, and the right amount of shyness around Nim. I love seeing Nim and Edmund bonding as friends. Their chemistry on screen is completely believable. Also, John Waters is certainly menacing as the antagonistic poacher.

"Return to Nim's Island" will take families on a spectacular expedition underwater, into dark mysterious caves, and up awfully steep cliffs. The dialogue is hilarious and will make viewers laugh out loud throughout the movie. The music score truly captures the spirit of adventure. The wind instruments give the film a wild, natural down-to-earth feel. The movie has no profanity or slapstick humor - the lighthearted, clean quality carries the film on its own. I wish I could live on Nim's island and embrace the nature. It's a relief to see a movie with teenagers exploring the wild instead of being glued to their electronics. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for all ages! Sail away with Nim and catch "Return to Nim's Island" on DVD available at Wal-mart. Cassandra Hsiao, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

"Return to Nim's Island" is an adventurous movie that will sail audience members to a far island where nature and people live happily together. Nim, now portrayed by Bindi Irwin, is a playful and smart girl that wants to save her island from a group of men who want to capture the exotic animals and birds. Once her father (Matthew Lillard) travels back to the mainland, a young boy named Edmund (Toby Wallace) lands on the island and meets Nim. They quickly become friends and both save the island from the invaders.

"Return to Nim's Island" is a refreshing movie with tropical scenery, brave characters and a touching theme. The scenery in the movie, designed by Scott Bird, is so believable that I felt I was on the salty island. Furthermore, the art director makes Nim's tree house creative by adding the daring zip line. Judd Overton, the cinematographer, portrays the movie setting very well in the movie poster. Bindi and Toby play the role of Nim and Edmund perfectly. They build such a strong bond together, thus when Edmund leaves the island I felt sad for their broken friendships. The movie's theme: young people can be triumphant in anything they believe in, is a great incorporation by the writers Ray Boseley and Cathy Randall.

The scene where Nim sneaks in the invaders' camp is so intense. The invaders could have come back any moment but Nim's plan is smart enough to lure the invaders long enough to rescue the birds. The first time she forgets to bring a pocket knife which is a bit funny because if someone is going to rescue they should be prepared. The scene I don't like is when Nim and Edmund are in the burning cave because it a bit dramatic and gave a scary image to young audiences. Yet, the director (Brendan Maher) films the scene to be so realistic, that I felt the heat of flames!

Putting all the scenes together must be hard work, but Geoffrey Lamb successfully edits the film well. All the right angles and shots are placed in the right time sequence. The scenes from the city then to the island are all flawlessly edited. Along with film editing is the element of sound. Ocean waves, tropical winds, and music are beautifully harmonized in the movie. Nerida Tyson-Chew, the music director, perfectly unites the music along with the movie scenes.

My favorite scene is at the end of the movie when Nim and her dad are finally together. It is a bit sad to see Edmund leave but now she has her father to help and guide her. I am so surprised with the animals used in the film. The sea lion was so smart and treated Nim like a sister. The movements of the sea lion are amazing and will leave the audience in awe. The white python snake is also intriguing because I have never seen a white snake before. Overall all the animals are unique to movie.

I recommend "Return to Nim's Island" for 7 years old and up. This movie is great for the nature lovers and eco-friendly enthusiasts. I give This movie 5 out of 5 stars. This movie set sails into theaters April 4, 2013. But, you can purchase it sooner on DVD at your local Walmart. Patrick Nguyen, age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Return To Nim's Island, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie, premieres on the Hallmark Channel on Friday, March 15, 2013. Following up on the success of Nim's Island, this sequel is a great platform for Bindi Irwin, through her portrayal of Nim, to introduce young people to the importance of protecting our earth and its fragile species.
The writer and producer of the smash hit NIM'S ISLAND brings you the much anticipated sequel, RETURN TO NIM'S ISLAND! Featuring Bindi Irwin in a wild ride filled with pristine beaches, exotic animals, dastardly pirates, and all your favorite characters from the original. After his cruise ship discovery of Nim and her beautiful island, Edmund tries to explain the wonder of his find to his classmates only to find that nobody will believe him. Frustrated, Edmund runs away and sneaks aboard the same fateful cruise ship as his last adventure and steals a row boat to make his way to Nim s Island. At the same time, Nim s world is turning upside down, as she s faced with the possibility of having to move to the mainland for her father to pursue his scientific research. Left alone for her last weekend on the island, Nim finds Edmund, as well as the pirate animal poachers that followed him! Soon, Nim and Edmund are in a stealth battle of cunning and wits to rescue her beloved sea lion Selkie. With Nim s know-how and Edmund s bravery, they are able to defeat the pirates and maybe even solve the scientific mystery that would allow Nim to stay on her beloved Island.
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