water horse poster1 The Water Horse 2007The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep is a 2007 fantasy film directed by Jay Russell. The screenplay, written by screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs, is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith’s children’s novel The Water Horse.

It stars Alex Etel as a young boy who discovers a mysterious egg and cares for what hatches out of it: a ‘water horse’ (loosely based on the Celtic water horse) which later becomes the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, and David Morrissey also star.

Plot: A tourist couple are told a story by an old man about the Loch Ness Monster. In 1940s Scotland, young boy Angus MacMorrow lives in a large manor house on the shores of Loch Ness with his mother Anne (housekeeper), his sister, a cook, a maid and an old game keeper. Later they are joined by Lewis Mowbray, who comes to work as a handyman in the manor. Angus’ father a sailor in the Royal Navy is missing since his ship has been sunk in the war. However, Angus is unable to accept that he may be dead. One day, while looking for abandoned shells by their respective organisms, he discovers a big mysterious egg. He leaves it in his father’s shed and returns later to check it out. An unknown creature hatches from it whom he calls Crusoe after Robinson Crusoe, that becomes the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Angus keeps the creature a secret, but eventually tells his sister and Lewis about it. Lewis explains to young Angus that it is a ‘water horse’ and that there is always only one such creature: creatures of this species asexually reproduce through parthenogenesis, and always die before the egg hatches.
The next day troops of the 12th Medium Regiment Royal Artillery, commanded by Captain Thomas Hamilton, a friend of Lord Mackilern, the owner of the house who is serving with the RAF, arrive at the house. An artillery battery is set up near the lake as defence against possible attacking or hiding German U-boats and the troops set up camp on the grounds of the house. An anti-submarine net is also raised at the mouth of the lake to prevent the entrance of German U-boats into the lake. Meanwhile, Crusoe grows so fast that hiding him becomes impossible and eventually Angus has no other option but to allow Lewis to bring it to the lake.
Box office performance
The film grossed about $9 million during its opening weekend. As of June 22, 2008, the film has grossed $102.5 million worldwide due to gaining about $40.4 million in the United States and about $62.1 million in foreign countries, according to the website Box Office Mojo.

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