We jump into The Sorcerer's Apprentice seemingly aboard a bullet train, with back story whizzing by at a dizzying blur. And this is way-back story, as in 740 A.D., when Merlin and the evil Morgana Le Fay are duking it out sorcerer-style with spells and wands and magical flashy things. Helping Merlin are his three apprentices—well, actually only two, as the third turned on him. The good ones are Balthazar (Nicholas Cage) and Veronica, the latter of whom is both beautiful and selfless, which leads to two inevitabilities in movie-world: She's embroiled in a love triangle, and tragedy will befall her.

The tragedy comes when she uses her magical mojo to transport the evil Morgana into her own body, then the two are trapped in a jumbo Russian stacking doll thing for thousands of years. During that time Balthazar is desperately looking for The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the kid Merlin mentioned with his dying breath was the only one who could stop Morgana. So lovelorn Balthazar and his silly leather trench coat travel agelessly through the centuries looking for the child who will stop this baddie (and maybe even bring his babe back).

And, yeah, that's just the first five minutes of the film.

After a musical montage of watching Balthazar check out kids in remote Mongolian villages and mystical looking African huts, it's a bit underwhelming when he meets Dave, the ten-year-old present-day New York nerd-boy. But the little dragon figurine Balthazar has been placing in countless young palms over the years comes to life in Dave's hand, and wraps itself into a wicked-cool ring that's just itching to cast some spells.

At this point we—both Balthazar and we watching folks—are thinking Dave? Really? Unfortunately, one of the flaws ...

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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1½ Stars - Weak
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Mpaa Rating
PG (for fantasy action violence, some mild rude humor, and brief language)
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Directed By
Jon Turteltaub
Run Time
1 hour 49 minutes
Cast
Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer
Theatre Release
July 14, 2010 by Walt Disney Pictures
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