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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Jon Turteltaub (2010)

104min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This attempt by Disney at Harry Potter-style magic is a barrage of spectacular special effects in search of an appealing story. Jay Baruchel exudes nerdy charm as a physics student told by immortal sorcerer Nicolas Cage that he's Merlin's descendant, predicted to defend Manhattan from an army of the dead. Cue exasperating disbelief, awkward spell-training sessions and time-outs for college romance before the battle royale with evil Alfred Molina, who's attempting to revive super sorceress Alice Krige. National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub ensures the eye-candy action is never boring, yet it's never more than merely competent, either, and fails to produce any sense of wonder. The fantasy elements here are vaguely construed as an expansion on the Mickey Mouse broom-cleaning segment from 1940's classic Fantasia, which is referenced briefly when Baruchel is late for a date. Other imaginative CGI fireworks include a Chrysler Building metal eagle taking flight, a Chinatown parade dragon coming to life and a mirror-image world. Just a shame about the bog-standard plot.

Summary

A wizard living secretly in modern-day New York vows to prevent his mystical enemy from taking over the city. Realising that he is unable to complete the task alone, he recruits an ordinary teenager to be his assistant, teaching him to master the magical arts. Fantasy adventure, starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina.

Cast & Crew

Balthazar Blake Nicolas Cage
Dave Stutler Jay Baruchel
Maxim Horvath Alfred Molina
Becky Barnes Teresa Palmer
Veronica Monica Bellucci
Drake Stone Toby Kebbell
Morgana Alice Krige
Young Dave Jake Cherry
Bennet Omar Benson Miller
Director Jon Turteltaub
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Walt Disney Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 6 Aug 2010

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