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Saturday, March 29, 2008

the water horse

Friday nite around 7.30pm, went to QueensBay Mall. The movie was at 9.40pm but I went earlier to get good seat and I wanted to buy some books [I'm crazy about books lately].

Spent too much times at Borders made me have lil time get to the cinema. Walked hurrily to the cinema as I don't want to miss any scene. I hate that.

Reached at the right time and yes... I don't miss any part of the movie.

The movie [The Water Horse] was awesome. It stars Alex Etel as a young boy named Angus who discovers a mysterious egg and cares for what hatches of it: a 'water horse' (loosely based on the Celtic water horse) which later becomes the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Visual effects, which included the computer-generated imagery of the monster (named "Crusoe" by Etel's character) were superb.

The story goes...

In the 1940s in Scotland, young boy Angus MacMorrow lives in a large house with his mother and sister and a maid, and later also another servant. As Angus has been told, his father is missing since his ship has been sunk in the war, so it is very likely that he is dead. However, Angus hopes he is still alive. He discovers a big mysterious egg and cares for what hatches of it: a 'water horse' he calls Crusoe that becomes the fabled Loch Ness Monster. As an old Angus explains in flash-forwards, there is always only one such creature: creatures of this species asexually reproduce through parthenogenesis, and always die after laying an egg.

Young Angus keeps the creature a secret, but later he tells his sister and the male servant. A group of soldiers involved in the defense against possible attacking or hiding German U-boats is stationed in and near the house. The creature is sometimes attacked by the dog of the soldiers. It grows fast and is brought to the lake.

It is still friends with Angus, and lets him ride it underwater, coming to the surface from time to time for breathing. However, it suffers from shells shot into the lake for practice, and attacks the soldiers. It kills the dog, and is about to kill a soldier, but is returned to his calm self after Angus falls into the Loch and Crusoe saves him. At first it cannot leave the lake due to an anti-submarine net intended to catch possible German U-boats entering the lake, but later it succeeds. Angus finally accepts the creature's departure, and also that his father died.

After the story was told (eventually the story-teller reveals himself to be Angus MacMorrow), a mother calls out to his son, who is walking down the beach and spots a rock. The rock looks similar to the egg that the 'water horse' had hatched from and the last thing that is heard is a crack from the egg.

I'd rate 5 out of 5 stars.

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Have you watched? What do you think?


  1. I watched it! The scenery was awesome and it fills with moral values.. I also love Angus when he's a kid. So cute! lol

  2. Lol yes blond with crystal blue eyes. Wish I could pinch his cheek!

    Yes, Scotland really a great place to visit. I wish someday too. I wanna buy a kilt and pray that I'll meet with Loch Nest dinosaur!

    Thanks for dropping by bluecrystaldude ;)


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