Film Review: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

By Drum Digital
18 August 2010

Rating 3/5

Fantasy. With Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina. Director: Jon Turteltaub.

10V. Opens 27 August.

What’s it about?

Legendary warrior Balthazar Blake has to outsmart the devilish Maxim at all costs. Centuries after the struggle between them began, the cool magician finds a nerd who can him help conquer evil.

Who will enjoy it?

The plot calls for a huge stretch of the imagination, so this fantasy feast is likely to appeal to kids and not to anyone who takes their sci-fi seriously. So leave your sense of logic at home if you plan to board this fun-park ride! Nicolas Cage is getting a bit long in the tooth and his hair a bit greasy and unconvincing. He’s losing the cool authority he used to bring to his characters and looking somewhat neglected. That trademark cheeky what-are-you-looking-at expression seems fake and you no longer believe in his capabilities.

Wait for DVD?

No. This kind of special effects extravaganza can only be appreciated on the big screen. Jay Baruchel’s cool, underplayed performance is great, but the flick lacks punch – there isn’t a tiger in the tank to leave you grinning with enjoyment.

Similar films

Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief; Legion.

Popcorn fact

Jay Baruchel calls himself a “mixed grill” – he has French, Italian, Jewish, German and English blood.

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