Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Written by
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Although the film, as its title shows, is ultimately based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's famous German poem "Der Zauberlehrling" from 1797 (which inspired the piece of music by Paul Dukas from 1897, also briefly heard here, which in turn was used in the adaptation in "Fantasia" starring Mickey Mouse), the German version completely missed this connection, translating the title instead as "Duell der Zauberer" (Duel of the Sorcerers). See more »
When Dave listens to the radio while playing with his "Musical lightning" project, he is clearly standing in a Faraday Cage so to prevent any electric shock. This kind of equipment is also supposed to block any radio signal, which means that his radio would not be able to work as clearly as we can hear.
While it is correct that a Faraday cage would block radio signals, there is no reason an external antenna would not be used to bring a radio signal into the cage. This is done all the time by electrical engineers. See more »
The war between Sorcerers was fought in the shadows of history, and the fate of mankind rested with the just and powerful Merlin. He told his secrets to three trusted apprentices: Balthazar, Veronica, and Horvath. He should have trusted only two.
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During the opening credits the sound effects of the Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films sequences are replaced with sound effects from the film (sounds of spell casting and Tesla discharge). See more »
The kids & I were trying kill some time while Mom had a baking party at the house so we went to this with zero expectations. I was very pleasantly surprised. Nicolas Cage does a great job at the sorcerer who is looking for the "Prime Merlinian". He is the sorcerer who will inherit Merlin's powers. Our hero (David) is of course that person. The fun is in Cage's ability to be annoyed with the kid and like him at the same time. The CGI is enough to enhance the story but not overwhelm it. All four of my kids (ages 4-11) liked it. Some parts might be a little scary but not too bad (a dragon clomping around is all). Fun family flick.
PS I also liked that the hero held a door for a girl. I pointed that out to my boys who need to learn that.
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