The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Sorcerer's Apprentice


It's Disney, but it's not Fantasia. From the makers of the National Treasure franchise comes this adventure-comedy about a sorcerer, Balthazar Blake (Nic Cage) and his hapless apprentice, Dave (Knocked Up's Jay Baruchel), who are swept into the center of an ancient conflict between good and evil.... More

Balthazar is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan, defending the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave, an average lad with hidden potential. Balthazar gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, as they work together to to stop Horvath's evil.

Incidental trivia! This is mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer's seventh collaboration with Nic Cage, following The Rock, Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds, National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets and G-Force.Hide

Flicks Review

Disney's latest attempt to cash in on their iconic titles falls somewhere between The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. On the plus side, this Mr Merlin-meets-The Golden Child slice of science and sorcery feels like a throwback to the 1980s heyday of family films (nods to Star Wars and Indiana Jones certainly help with that vibe) albeit with a western rather than an eastern influence.... More

On the downside, however, the dialogue, especially Cage's, is just a little too arch, Trevor Rabin's (G-Force) bombastic score a little too insistent,  and the action follows an all too predictable pattern and formula (it's pretty much Enchanted but without the songs and the perky Amy Adams).

An off-kilter, on-the-edge Cage clearly seems to enjoy his mad Merlin-esque character looking a lot more spritely than he has done on some other recent projects (although the hair and beard make him look like a taller, learner Bill Bailey), while Baruchel's (who just can't seem to shake dragons) distinctively whiny voice and nebbish behaviour makes for an appealing, flawed hero in the mould of Marty McFly or Billy Peltzer. And yes, that Fantasia sequences and those mops do make an appearance.Hide

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as soon as you got past losing the doll and zapped 10 years forward - the plot of the whole movie was out there. It really just depended on how long it would take for Dave to save the girl and let the world die then realise maybe I can do something about it. Phenomenally predictable but it's a kids' movie and they are not as jaded as the adults. Watch some good Brit, Aussie, Kiwi and European movies. They aren't slaves to Hollywood so they're pretty decent to watch.

This movie is'nt my favourite but it's so cool i would definitly recommend it to someone!!!!!!!!!

it was a better movie then i thought but it could of used a bit of a better stuff in it but apart from that it was good

Boring same style acting of Jay Baruchel as he did in Out of My League.
Boring wimp, not funny, boy-who-loves-girl-saves-the-world plot.

Good special effects though.

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The Press Reviews

41% of critics recommend.
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  • While Mr. Molina and Mr. Cage supply a measure of well-compensated eccentricity, their labors ultimately serve to emphasize the grinding mediocrity of the enterprise. Full Review

  • Cage and Baruchel work hard to stay accessible, but the computer-generated effects come on like heavy artillery blowing away any hint of flesh and blood. The Sorcerer's Apprentice should be rated U for Untouched by Human Hands. Full Review

  • Bruckheimer waves his wand at another would-be franchise, but the magic’s sporadic. Good-looking blockbusting-by-numbers. Full Review