Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'The Sorcerer's Apprentice': Movie Review

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'The Sorcerer's Apprentice': Movie Review

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Nicolas Cage plays a Merlin disciple in search of a protege in 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice,' an action-packed version that's missing the magic of Disney's original.

One of the most magical of all animated movie sequences features

Mickey Mouse wildly splish-splashing and abracadabra-ing his way

through "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" sequence from Disney's

"Fantasia." Now Disney, via the inevitable Jerry Bruckheimer, has

come up with "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Nicolas Cage.

He can't hold a candle to Mickey.

Looking less like a sorcerer than like someone who lives under a

freeway overpass, Cage's Balthazar Blake is a 1,400-year-old Merlin

disciple on the prowl to locate the boy known as the Prime Merlinean.

This is not, to put it gently, the most exciting monicker for

somebody who is prophesied to battle dead souls from the dark side

- the sub-Prime Merlineans? - who are threatening to take over

the planet.

The sub-Primes are under the tutelage of Balthazar's archnemesis,

Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). …

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