The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (Theatrical)

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2007
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (Theatrical)


The Academy Award®-winning producer and special-effects team behind “The Lord of the Rings” join with Revolution Studios, Walden Media (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) and Beacon Pictures to bring to the screen the magical motion picture “The Water Horse.” Rooted in one of the most enduring and intriguing legends of our time, the story begins with an enchanted egg… and what hatches will set in motion an adventure that will take a young boy on the unforgettable journey of a lifetime.

Dove Review

“It was imaginative.” “It was cute!” “I really liked it a lot.” “The sets were great and realistic.” “The cinematography was awesome.” These are some of the descriptions given by our Dove staff after we viewed this movie. We all agreed that Alex Etel who plays young Angus turned in one great performance. Young Angus finds an egg, helps hatch it and raises the water horse-a great sea creature-before freeing it to the waters. This is fine storytelling indeed. It makes you feel young again (if you are no longer a kid) as you watch young Angus ride the water horse above a large body of water. It should be noted that there are several intense scenes in the film.

This film presents its own imaginative and innovative plot as to the origins of the great creature who became a Scottish legend. The special effects are seamlessly done. Unfortunately, there are two utterances of the Lord’s name in vain which prevent us from awarding our Dove Seal to this movie as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing between middle aged man and woman.
Language: J-2; H-2; A-1; D-1; G/OMG-6; Mother of G-1; The word "crikey" was used and several exclamations of the word "bloody".
Violence: Soldiers arrive with guns; a deer's cut throat is briefly seen; shells and shots directed toward water horse; young water horse almost bites a character and attempts it again when he is older; water horse shakes a man.; two men punch each other.
Drugs: Some drinking and smoking scenes including at a party and tavern which was historically accurate; woman smokes and takes strong drink in one scene.
Nudity: Some children bathing and some cleavage.
Other: A terrible storm; the image of a boy drowning; bathroom humor; the father has been off at war; boy withholds a secret from mother; mother doesn't believe son's true account; a statue of Pan complete with goat's horns is seen in the castle.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Robert Nelson Jacobs and Dick King-Smith
Director: Jay Russell
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 105 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter