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The Sorcerer's Apprentice 2010

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 protg.

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Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Drama, Children & Family, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Director Jon Turteltaub
Starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel
Supporting actors Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Toby Kebbell, Omar Benson Miller, Monica Bellucci, Alice Krige, Jake Cherry, James A. Stephens, Gregory Woo, Wai Ching Ho, Jason R. Moore, Robert Capron, Peyton List, Sándor Técsy, Marika Daciuk, Nicole Ehinger, Adriane Lenox, Ethan Peck
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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Format: DVD
When I first heard that Disney was `remaking' the Sorcerer's Apprentice (the five minute animated sequence from Fantasia) into a live-action feature length movie, I did wonder how they could stretch out a relatively simple plot into a whole film, but then I saw it was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who managed to spin four films out of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride.

The initial prologue takes place during Medieval times and shows the relationship between the three sorcerers, Balthazar (Nicholas Cage), Horvath (Alfred Molina) and Veronica (Monica Bellucci) and their master, Merlin. Horvath, jealous of Balthazar and Veronica's relationship betrays them with Merlin's nemesis, Morgana, who Veronica sacrifices herself to entrap in a prison, which Balthazar protects until he can find the chosen one who is prophesied to destroy the witch, Morgana.

The film then cuts to present-day, which surprised me as I expected it to be something of a Medieval epic, so seeing the bulk of the story take place in modern times was interesting. Balthazar comes across his chosen one and tries to train him as his apprentice, in preparation for the final battle against the witch, Morgana.

Considering the story was influenced by the Mickey Mouse animated sequence in Fantasia, there isn't much reference to it apart from a brief enjoyable scene involving the mops, brooms and water. The storyline is surprisingly watchable, and feels like a post-modern Harry Potter, although it doesn't have the same charm and rich universe to launch its own franchise to compete with those movies.

Nicholas Cage puts in a good performance as Balthazar, with some wry one-liners and amusing visual jokes.
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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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