The Sorcerer's Apprentice 2010

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Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Starring:
Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Toby Kebbell
Director Jon Turteltaub
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 6 December 2010
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Toby Kebbell
Director Jon Turteltaub
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 6 December 2010
Main languages English

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 5 Oct 2010
Format: Blu-ray
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a daft but fun and extremely enjoyable family fantasy movie. Nicolas Cage and Alfred Molina are very over the top, in fact they both seem to be having a competetion of who can out ham each other. Molina wins, he's practically twirling his moustache as the villain, but looks like he's having fun making the movie as does Nicolas Cage who seems to be on a comeback this year. Special effects are very good, and there's a fun sequence that pays as a homage to Disney's Fantasia involving some brooms. Jay Baruchel is good in the title role, coming across kind of like Shia Lebeouf did in the first Transformers film. I'd like to see a sequel to this film as the film is left open for the possibility of one. The whole family should enjoy this. While it's not exactly the most original movie you'll ever see, if you like Harry Potter movies and enjoyed Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief then you should enjoy this.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Irish Rose on 18 Oct 2010
Format: DVD
This movie has it all---magic, mythical creatures, great special effects, a captivating tale, romance, as well as the quintessential Disney charm. If you're going in thinking you'll be seeing Mickey Mouse, clear your mind. This is live action and filled with Disney magic. Nicholas Cage delivers a fantastic performance as Balthazar Blake, a sorcerer personally trained by Merlin. Balthazar has spent the last millenium seeking for the one person that is capable of riding the world of the evil Morgana and her threat of overtaking the world with her undead minions. His quest leads him to a normal, everyday (Bless you Disney) geek, Dave Stutler(Jay Baruchel). Dave's a whiz kid that comprehends physics with a skill that makes me want to be his study partner in class, and is more than a little klutzy. Goodness, watching him in his office made me want my own Tesla Coil!

When our unlikely pair meet in 2000, poor 10 year old Dave accidently breaks open a coveted nesting doll that contains the evil persona of Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). How much more can a man be described as evil when his human body forms from a mass of slithering cockroaches? Ten years later, Horvath is seeking to destroy Dave, discovering he is the one individual capable of bringing an end to any plans of world domination.

The battle of good vs. evil is on but, first, Dave has to learn how to perform the magic that remains hidden deep within him. Reluctant, falling in love, and lacking self-confidence, Dave is a darling that makes the viewer laugh, groan in commiseration, and clap with glee when he succeeds. Balthazar is the teacher that makes one shake their head, wondering where he gathers so much patience with what appears to be a hopeless case.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is just a really nice fun for all the family movie, a mixture of magic & science. The film follows the opening storyline setting of Merlin and his 3 apprentices, of whom best friends Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage -Con Air) & Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina -Spider-Man 2) are divided by a love feud between each other in the shape of the 3rd apprentice, Veronica (Monica Bellucci -Malena). However Maxim Horvath cannot win Veronica's heart from Balthazar Blake, so thus he turns against Merlin & joins forces with the evil Morgana (Alice Krige -Star Trek First Contact) to defeat Merlin & Blake in order to have Veronica by force.

However in the ensuing battle, Merlin is slain & Blake alongside Veronica manage to defeat Maxim & Morgana by trapping Morgana inside Veronicas body, and the both of them togher bound inside an object(a Russian doll?). The only way Blake can free Veronica & finally slay Morgana(who wants to take over the World) is to find another gifted Sorcerer's Apprentice & train them for battle. Now, after 1000 years of searching around the World, the Sorcerer's Apprentice purely by chance, stumbles across Blakes path at long, long last!

That is what the story is all about, and has now moved on to a modern day New York.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By H. meiehofer VINE VOICE on 14 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a glorious romp of a movie.

The plot, such as it is, is pretty straightforward. Merlin has a fantastic battle against Morgana and imprisons her in a magical doll. His apprentice Balthazar has to search across the ages for Merlin's descendant who is the only one who can finally defeat Morgana and save the world.

The story moves on to contemporary New York where we meet Dave, the unlikely physics nerd who just might be our saviour.

Balthazar and Dave are pursued by Horvath another apprentice who has gone over to the dark side.

And that's about it really. It is a very entertaining action adventure with great special effects set against the Manhattan scenery. The performances are excellent. Alfred Molina makes a great villain. Normally I'm not a Nicholas Cage fan but in this instance his wild eyed manic approach is actually perfect for the part.

The action is great and the myth making does not intrude too much. There is also some nice comedy, particularly a lovely scene which is a pastiche or homage to the Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence from Fantasia.

This film is excellent for all of the family, but could be a wee bit scary for very small children. There is nothing very original here (the influence of Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and even the Sword in the Stone being all too apparent) but this is a couple of hours of good old fashioned excellent entertainment.
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