1 hour, 51 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for some action/peril, mild language and brief smoking.
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; Behind-the-scenes featurettes: Myths and Legends, The Story, The Characters, Setting the Scene, Water Work: Creating the Water Hourse, Creating Crusoe; Virtual Crusoe game: Raise your very own water hourse from a wee baby to the most magical creature the loch has ever seen!
Bruce Allpress ... Jock McGowan
Eddie Campbell ... Hughie
Ben Chaplin ... Lewis Mowbray
Brian Cox ... Old Angus
Carl Dixon ... Gunner Corbin
Emily Watson ... Anne MacMorrow
Alex Etel ... Angus MacMorrow
David Morrissey ... Captain Hamilton
This is the fantasy tale of Angus MacMorrow played by Alex Etel ("Millions"), a young boy whose father (Craig Hall "King Kong") has gone off to fight in the second World War leaving the boy alone with his mother (Emily Watson "Breaking the Waves"), a housekeeper at a large estate in Scotland. The absence of his father has obviously affected Angus, but that begins to change when he finds a mysterious egg on the shore of the giant lake known as Loch Ness. Suddenly Angus has found something to care about.
A number of other characters have been introduced into the tale to fill out the film's running time, but none of them are particularly interesting except for a group of British soldiers led by Captain Hamilton (David Morrissey "Basic Instinct 2"). They are said to be stationed at the estate to set up guns and nets designed to trap and destroy any German subs that might find their way into the loch.
Angus spends most of his days with the water-loving creature that hatched from the egg and whose rate of growth makes him increasingly difficult to keep hidden. Meanwhile Captain Hamilton becomes interested in Angus' mother and suspicious of Mowbray (Ben Chaplin "Birthday Girl"), the moody handyman at the estate. The Captain decides to take it upon himself to “make a man” of Angus. But some of the soldiers grow increasingly curious about what the boy might be hiding in the bathroom, especially after the company dog sniffs the rambunctious beast out.
Children are bound to be captivated by the story of a boy and his love for an alien creature. Parents will also probably tolerate the film even though it isn't very different from so many other E.T. imitations. Still, as family entertainment it is somewhat exciting, rather affecting and cheerfully absurd. entertainment.