Fantasy and period pieces at the movies

2010-08-27 00:00

DISNEY’S new fantasy offering, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and the historical epic, Agora, are the new films opening in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

In The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Nicholas Cage plays Balthazar Blake, a master sorcerer living in modern-day Manhattan and trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina).

Struggling to do so alone, Balthazar recruits average college student, Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), as his reluctant protégé.

After giving his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, they work together to stop the forces of darkness.

The film reunites Cage with Jerry Bruckheimer, whom he worked with on The Rock, Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds, National Treasure, National Treasure: Book of Secrets and G-Force.

Also opening today is Agora, a period drama directed by Alejandro Amenabar (The Others, The Sea Inside) and starring Rachel Weisz and Max Min­ghella.

Set in the fourth century, the film tells the story of a female philosopher named Hypatia (Weisz), who, before her death at the hands of a Christian mob, taught philosophy to a generation of civic and religious leaders, exploring the effects of gravity, and charting the movements of the spheres.

The world she lives in is not, however, a peaceful one.

There is turmoilas the rise of Christianitythrea-tens to overthrow the Roman empire in Egypt.

And closer to home, Hypatia’s slave, Davus (Minghella), is torn between his secret love for her and the freedom he knows can be his if he chooses to join the Christians.

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