Conceived to make your eyeballs feel like they’re bouncing through a pinball machine for 90 minutes, The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a swollen special-effects blast that expands a classic segment from 1940's Fantasia to feature length. You remember Mickey and the marching brooms, right? Only here it's live action, with director Jon Turteltaub working from Michael Bay's gaudy playbook. Ever since the eighth century, good-guy wizard Balthazar (Nicolas Cage) has been looking for a chosen one to carry on the fight against an evil sorceress. In modern-day New York, Balthazar recruits nebbish physics major Dave (Jay Baruchel) for the job. Balthazar mentors clumsy Dave in such magical-martial arts as levitation, lighting fires, and hurling plasma balls. And there's not a moment to lose, since warlock Horvath (Alfred Molina) is on the attack, threatening to bring on a zombie armageddon. An obscenity-free script and Molina's hearty villainy are the only tangible Magic Kingdom touches in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice — that and the awesome CGI, which brings to life the Chrysler Building’s gargoyle filigree and the famous sculpted bull on Wall Street. Visually impressive? Sure. Magical? Not very.
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Writer: Lawrence Konner, Matt Lopez, Mark Rosenthal, Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Toby Kebbell, Nicole Ehinger, Peyton List and Monica Bellucci
The Sorcerer's Apprentice