The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010, Fantasy Action Adventure) – 6/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Nicolas Cage: Balthazar
Jay Baruchel: Dave
Alfred Molina: Horvath
Teresa Palmer: Becky
Monica Bellucci: Veronica
Omar Benson Miller: Bennet
Toby Kebbell: Drake Stone
Alice Krige: Morgana
Jake Cherry: Young Dave
Executive Producer: Nicolas Cage
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Writer (Screen Story) Suggested by the animated short “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”: Lawrence Konner
Writer (Screen Story) Suggested by the animated short “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”: Mark Rosenthal
Writer (Screen Story) Suggested by the animated short “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”: Matt Lopez
Writer (Screenplay) Suggested by the animated short “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”: Matt Lopez
Writer (Screenplay) Suggested by the animated short “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”: Doug Miro
Writer (Screenplay) Suggested by the animated short “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”: Carlo Bernard

Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The (2010)

Sorcerer Balthazar Blake has been waiting for the day when he would discover the inheritor of master sorcerer Merlin’s power but, when the day arrives, the terrified ten-year-old Dave inadvertently releases Balthazar’s greatest enemy, Horvath, and imprisons both him and Balthazar in an urn for ten years. Ten years and a lot of therapy later, the two sorcerer’s are about to re-emerge.

6/10

While certainly more imaginative and entertaining than expected, this boisterous fantasy action adventure doesn’t have much magic of its own. Still, what’s there is good. The special effects are surprisingly good, Cage is good and the story is fine. Director Jon Turteltaub also moves things along rather faster than he usually does, so this in no way outstays its welcome. The overdone non-sensical nod to the animated short from Fantasia is probably the weakest scene in the film, Jay Baruchel sounds like he’s putting on an irritating accent on purpose (sadly, it’s his voice) and I wish somebody would stop in one of these movies and explain how “the end of the world” benefits the bad guy. However, this is a movie I enjoyed and, not only that, I enjoyed more than I anticipated. You can’t say that about most movies.

This movie contains strong fantasy violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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