DVD Review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

By Drum Digital
12 January 2011

Fantasy adventure. 2010. 104 min.

With Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina.

Director: Jon Turteltaub. 13pg.

Balthazar Blake (Cage) is an ancient sorcerer on a centurieslong 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 setting free a phalanx of imprisoned evil demons and wizards and cause chaos and destruction in the world.

The plot is pretty straightforward but what could’ve 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, unfortunately missing the boat on both counts. A disappointing effort from Disney with very little magic. Bonus: featurettes, deleted scenes.

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