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:: L'apprendista stregone (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)

Oh no, here we go with a film that has a great premise but unfortunately even with a small army of screenwriters it’s script doesn’t live up to how good the story could have been. And while the special effects look okay and the actors turn up with their A-Game, you just can’t cover for the fact that the script appears as if it may have been written by a first year screenwriter.

When Young Dave (Jake Cherry) goes on a school excursion, his main aim is to try and impress the girl he likes, Young Becky (Peyton List), what he doesn’t count on is finding himself in the middle of a supernatural war between the good Sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) and the evil Horvath (Alfred Molina). Of course nobody believes Young Dave’s story and he becomes the laughing stock of his school. Now flash-forward to the time Dave (Jay Baruchel) is twenty-one, he is a gifted science student and once again gets the chance to impress Becky (Teresa Palmer), and once again Balthazar comes into this life and this time tells him he is a Sorcerer’s Apprentice and he must help destroy Horvath.

You do have to feel sorry for director, Jon Turteltaub. You feel that when he heard there was a spin-off of ‘Fantasia’ – one of the best animated films ever – on the offering he would have jumped at the opportunity… but how was he to know that the script is an absolute dog that completely ruins what could have been a great film. Still he should have had the sense to say to someone ‘um guys there is something seriously wrong here’. See the script at hand becomes a serious of clichés that just don’t move the story along at all and most of the dialogue is unnecessary, which unfortunately results in the film running way too long.

It is a shame because as we all know Nicolas Cage is a fine actor, but due to the fact that there is very little characterization for him to play him, most of the time he is so dull it feels like he is reading the phonebook out aloud. The same happens to Jay Baruchel. This is the one time that Baruchel actually appears good enough to show that he has some reasonable ability but his performance is spoilt by this one-dimensional script. And as for Teresa Palmer, well if she thought this was the film that would launch her career in Hollywood… think again… because she really isn’t given anything to allow her to show that she’s as good as most Australian film fans know she is.

‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ isn’t exactly dead-on-arrival, there is a sign of life but unfortunately what should have been a great film is held back by a woeful script. An ordinary film that should have been ten times better.