Now, The Sorcerer's Apprentice will not disappoint most cinema-going viewers. It is light and happily superficial, without much story foundation to the special-effects and heavy action.
We are not complaining, after all feuding magicians means limitless escapism and VFX galore.Then there is Nicolas Cage, impressive again as a magician, traveling through centuries to find an apprentice (Jay Baruchel, adequately nerdy) who can free him and destroy evil (again) and save the world. Thwarting him is another magician, a friend-turned-foe, played with a wicked relish by Alfred Molina (Dr.Octopus in Spiderman 2). Then there are the mandatory love interests, we see disappointingly little of Monica Bellucci (trapped as she is in a jar for most of the running time), the sweet Terasa Palmer charming in a limited role.
A bit of Harry Potter, a bit of The Lord of the Rings and some originality make up for a entertaining two-hour watch without ever taxing your mind. Director Jon Turteltaub had directed the satisfying National Treasure (Starring Cage again), and here too he adds thrills and some humorous repartee to keeps it all pleasing. Buy your popcorn and even if you blink a lot or take some loo breaks, you won't regret it.