'The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep'

Alex Etel and Crusoe the sea monster

Horse opera: Angus (Alex Etel) tries to keep his fine flippered friend a secret — and sparks a legend in the process. Sony Pictures hide caption

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  • Director: Jay Russell
  • Genre: Family, Adventure
  • Running Time: 111 minutes

Take the boy/horse bonding stuff from The Black Stallion, mix it with the cutesy-creature- turning-scary stuff from Gremlins, stir in a daddy's-not- coming-back storyline from whatever World War II picture strikes your fancy, and you'll have a rough recipe for this boy-and-his-Loch Ness-monster story.

The Brit cast is fine, the digital creature is persuasive enough, and the Scottish scenery's certainly pretty, so there are hooks for the family audience. But the story might well prove too alarming for really small kids, and too twee for adults.

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