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16th July
written by Adam

Thousands of years ago, Merlin the sorcerer had three students of note, Balthazar (Nicholas Cage), Horvath (Alfred Molina) and Veronica (Monica Bellucci). As the legend is told, corrupted by the evil sorceress Morgana (Alice Krige), Horvath turned against his teacher and fellow students killing Merlin. Now, many lifetimes later the pressure is on as Balthazar continues his search for the Prime Merlinian, the natural born wizard who will be able to defeat Morgana. Enter Dave (Jay Baruchel), the Prime Merlinian and geeky college student with an affinity for Tesla coils. It’s now up to Balthazar to teach Dave all he needs to know to stop Morgana and overthrow the forces of evil; meanwhile, Dave’s priorities seem to involve the opposite sex, how will it all break down?¬†Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer The Sorcerer’s Apprentice seems to follow Bruckheimer’s recipe for action adventure which has proved successful for Pirates of the Caribbean; unfortuantely, yes,¬†it’s formulaic. While all the actors pull off decent enough performances and there’s nothing technically wrong with the film, there’s also a feel of ho-hum because we’ve already seen this same plot told before. Sure there are a few variables to provide a little twist here and there; but, I can’t say they’re enough to sway my opinion of the overall film to a more positive stance. Maybe a matinee, but probably better off as a rental. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is rated PG.

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