Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Disney/Buena Vista

Directed by:

John Turteltaub

Starring:

Nicolas Cage as Balthazar; Jay Baruchel as Dave; Alfred Molina as Horvath; Teresa Palmer as Becky

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

A calling can be such a bummer. Dave Stutler knows this. Ten years ago the sorcerer Balthazar told him he was destined to be a powerful sorcerer. After a disastrous run-in with evil Horvath, Dave's future became unclean. He managed to find a good place in college studying physics.

But just when Dave looks like he's about to finally recover from his brush with Horvath—Balthazar and Horvath brush up against him again. Balthazar still believes Dave's been chosen to become the next superstar sorcerer—the sort of wizard who can stop Horvath from destroying the world. The thing is, he's going to have to work really hard to do it.

Balthazar regularly tells Dave that character counts—that to be great, one must be good. Ingenuity, love and strength of purpose are what separate the good guys from the bad ones, he says. He understands both the beauty of love and the need to fight evil.

The film contains quite a bit of magic. Sorcery, spells, magical rings and the like are used often. As is common in Disney films, magic is shown as utilized for both evil and good. There is much violence, including people getting smacked with flaming trash cans, being electrocuted, being thrown into walls and being nearly skewered by needles.

In The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Disney has taken a classic, 11-minute snippet from the film Fantasia and re-crafted it into a two-hour film that is very predictable. Think of it as Twilight meets The Lord of the Rings meets Harry Potter meets . . . Goofy.

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