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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

A 2010 fantasy adventure film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice... the magic of Disney has returned

  • Mar 15, 2011
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I remember walking around NYC during the spring of 2009 and seeing bright orange and yellow signs taped to various parking signs and lamp poles notifying drivers that there is no parking on that given street due to a production shooting in the area.  I had seen the signs before, but these were different and I wanted nothing more than to try and find some way to be a part of it.  So after a week of seeing these various signs around I decided that the next time I was available on the date and time listed I would go back and try to find someone to talk to.  It took me about a week to find who I was looking for but the wait and following experience was totally worth it. 

Having my first crew experience on a Disney feature film was unbelievable. The crew was amazing and even though the overnight shoots were a little rough on the sleep routine I would not have traded the experience for anything.  Yes my days felt reversed after a while, and yes I had trouble keeping track of what day it was since everything was blending together, but it was such a high being on set that none of it mattered to me.  I spend 2 days working on 6th Ave where it was shut down from 14th St to 21st St for a part of the car chase, and 4 days at Bowling Green working the last scene of the film.  The week at Bowling Green I was actually working 20 hour days with my regular day job and then running off to catch a train to make it on set just as the call time rolled around.  There were even bets as to when I would go down during that week since few thought I would make it all the way through, but I proved it to myself and the friends I made on set that if you want it bad enough nothing can stop you. 

Now that the film has hit theaters, one can only imagine the excitement of going in and seeing what the final product is.  After seeing what actually goes into a film with a ton stunts and visual effects I was on edge waiting for clips to hit the web so I could see what all of that hard work was for, and for me the final product totally paid off.   

The Sorcerer's Apprentice
is a family fun film full of movie magic.  It is the apprentice that carries the weight of the film on his back, and Jay Baruchel as Dave Stutler does that and more.  He brings a fresh new face and sense of humor to the film and gives his co-stars a run for their money.  With Nicolas Cage as Balthazar, Monica Bellucci as Victoria, and Alfred Molina as Horvath, the cast was full of great talent that will entertain adults as well as kids.  Director Jon Turteltaub gives us a fun adaptation to the classic fantasia cartoon of Mickey and the brooms.  Even with a bit of a humor on the iconic scene that was of course included, I don't believe anything was left out or needed to have made this film more fun. 

If you are looking for something fun to take your family to this weekend I would recommend checking out The Sorcerer's Apprentice.  It may not quite stand up to the action and suspense of the National Treasure films which were also directed by Jon Turteltaub, but it is a nice addition to the live-action Disney collection along side so many other great Jerry Bruckheimer productions.  So go rent the film and experience the magic for yourself.  I'm sure you wont be disappointed.

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review by . July 18, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A Fantasy Movie With Sorcery...Not a Movie About Sorcery...
The Mickey Mouse short story in “Fantasia”. If you’ve seen it, then you’ll know exactly what the creators of “National Treasure” have cooked up in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” since it is loosely based on that short. Well, I do respect what Bruckheimer has done for movies such as “The Rock” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”; every so often he does impress me and this latest film may well prove to be fun to some viewers …
review by . May 13, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Brooms! Folks, there are brooms in The Sorcerer's Apprentice! You know, just like in the Disney short from Fantasia that inspired it! They're used to clean, get out of control, and are dispersed by an actual sorcerer, just like Mickey Mouse's brooms!    The Sorcerer's Apprentice is what happened when someone took the Mickey Mouse short, threw in a small dash of Arthurian legend, crumpled it up like aluminum foil, warped it through time, and tossed it a third of the way around …
review by . August 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
There is a reason we are all put on this planet   some of  us have not found those reasons while others have discovered the reasons  earlier than most and chases after them until they can firmly hold the power they are meant to have in the palm of there hands. Some are meant to be doctors, some are meant to be lawyers, some are meant to be cops, bank mangers, soldiers,  politicians, historians, film directors, screen play writers, film critics, novelists  the list …
Quick Tip by . December 09, 2010
Inventive special effects and solid acting, but the standard reluctant-hero-saves-the-world story could have used some polishing. Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel are great together, by the way!
review by . July 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was made to accommodate the attention spans of the age group it's intended for. It doesn't have much of anything in the way of plot or character development, but it has plenty of action and lots of dazzling visual effects for children and young teenagers to gawk at in amazement. Watching this movie, I thought back to the first time I saw "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," another fantasy film that relied heavily on action and special effects; yes, but it also told …
Quick Tip by . August 16, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Imaginative, humerus, fats paced and at times witty however that alone is not able to completely able to save this semi-satisfying action-adventure fantasy comedy from being better than it should be but less that it could have been. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" however has one redeeming quality it is extremely enjoyable and highly entertaining however, as entertaining as it might be it is not enough to save it from lacking true movie magic.
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a 2010 fantasy adventure film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, the team behind the National Treasure franchise. The story is said to have been loosely based on the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment in Disney's Fantasia, which in turn is based on the late 1890s symphonic poem by Paul Dukas and the 1797 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ballad.

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan fighting against the forces of evil, in particular his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina), while searching for the person who will inherit Merlin's powers. This turns out to be Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a physics student at New York University, whom Balthazar takes as a reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling apprentice a crash course in the art and science of magic and sorcery, in order to stop Horvath and Morgana le Fay (Alice Krige) from destroying the world.

The film was originally set to be released on July 16, 2010, but was instead released two days earlier on July 14, 2010.
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  • Who doesn't wish they could unleash fire from their fingertips and make mops come to life?The Sorcerer's Apprenticeenjoyably captures this fantasy as a young physics student named Dave (Jay Baruchel,She's Out of My League) learns that he's the inheritor of the powers of Merlin--and suddenly finds himself in the middle of a war between ...
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    Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
    Release Date: July 16, 2010
    MPAA Rating: Unrated
    Studio: Walt Disney Studios

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