Adam Markovitz
April 16, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
1 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/14/10
performer
Jay Baruchel, Nicolas Cage, Alfred Molina
director
Jon Turteltaub
author
Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B-

STARRING Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel
DIRECTED BY Jon Turteltaub
WRITTEN BY Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard

Growing up in Montreal, Jay Baruchel loved the ”Sorcerer’s Apprentice” sequence in Fantasia (1940) — the one where Mickey Mouse gets in a mess by trying to imitate his master’s magical abilities. Actually, the Tropic Thunder star more than loved it: He decked out his room in gear from the minimovie, and even drifted off to sleep under bedsheets decorated with pictures of Mickey in the sorcerer outfit. Now the 28-year-old actor is starring in a new blockbuster-size version of the tale, as an NYU physics student apprenticed to a modern-day sorcerer (Nicolas Cage). ”It’s more than a little weird, man,” laughs Baruchel. ”I’m the Mickey in this one. It’s big gloves to fill.”

Riffing on the classic short, the new Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a CGI-packed action-adventure set in a world where good and evil wizards have been waging a secret battle since the time of King Arthur. The movie’s blend of science and the supernatural is familiar turf for National Treasure alums Cage, director Jon Turteltaub, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. But unlike Cage’s straitlaced, khaki-wearing character in the Treasure films, Turteltaub says, ”this guy has been alive for 1,500 years and can make fire shoot out of his hands. The part plays to Nic’s unpredictability, boldness, confidence, weirdness. It all just fits.”

It helped that Turteltaub already had an easy rapport with Cage, an exec producer on the film. ”Nic could make fun of me — and vice versa — without our feelings being hurt,” says Turteltaub. ”That’s what’s fun about directing people you know. You can be meaner.”

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