Director: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
Child adventure fantasies seem to be coming at us fast and furious lately. Here’s yet another one, this time it’s Home Alone on the island. Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and her father Gerard Butler choose to life off the map on a deserted tropical island. He’s a researcher who one day decides to leave his young daughter alone for two days on the island while he goes off researching.
Child protection service alerts aside, a monsoon comes in and then the self reliant girl with multiple animal friends, has to deal with many things. One being that their secret Island is being threatened by a cruise ship captain who wants to claim it to entertain rich fat Australians. These segments are where you’ll see all the Home Alone style hijinks.
Then at the same time the girl is communicating with the other plot line which involves Jodie Foster. The almost always enjoyable Foster plays Alex Rover; a germaphobe and writer of Indiana Jones type fantasy novels. So for over an hour you have these shifts between a kiddy adventure movie and phobia comedy.
When it comes down to it, it’s really not the strongest in either genre but has enough to make it bearable. It is rated G but there’s definitely some bits that will scare those young enough to be scared at the movies. Besides that if you’re looking to get out to a family film this is a safe bet.