DVD: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

By admin
14 January 2011

Fantasy adventure.

2010. 104 min.

With Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina.

Director: Jon Turtel­­taub.

13PG.

Rating: 2/5

Balthazar Blake (Cage) is an ancient sorcerer on a centuries-long mission to find and train the one chosen to inherit the wizard Merlin’s powers to fight the forces of evil.

Balthazar eventually discovers his would-be apprentice, Dave Stutler (Baruchel), in modern-day New York – but first they have to fight off powerful baddie Maxim Horvath (Molina) who’s intent on causing chaos and ruination in the world.

The plot is pretty straightforward but what should have been a roller-coaster ride of dragons, explosions and things that go bump in the night ends up somewhere between a serious movie and a fun adventure and misses the boat on both counts.

Baruchel is impressive but the nonstop special effects soon wear thin and Cage’s half-asleep performance doesn’t help. Perhaps all that botox has gone to his head.

A disappointing effort from Disney.

Bonus: featurettes, deleted scenes.

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