Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Medium : English
Starring : Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Monica Bellucci

Director : Jon Turteltaub

Nicolas Cage, the hollywood actor who is popular through movies like 'Face Off', 'Gone In 60 seconds', 'National
Treasure', 'Lord of War', 'Ghost Rider' etc has got his new release 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'. He has done the different role of a person bearing some super natural powers. He has joined hands with director Jon Turteltaub and Walt Disney Pictures (the same team that gave the hit movie 'National Treasure'), for the new venture. From the promotional stills and trailers, it is understood that 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' is a fantasy subject; naturally there has to be enormous amount of visual effects sequences in it, but the interesting thing was to watch the performance of Nicolas Cage in such an area.

Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a sorcerer (a witchcraft with super natural powers) who is guarding the nation from the evil powers. He finds an youthful guy (Jay Baruchel), a scientific genius who is having the extra potential to help Blake achieve his mission. Thus Blake teaches him the techniques of science and magic with which he can destroy the baddies. The mission has got a lead line that happens almost 1000years before; there you can see the evil power Morgana is being trapped in a doll and in the current period, Horvath (Alfred Molina), the negative sorcerer with magical powers is searching for the doll and to take Morgana out, which will destroy the world. How Blake and his apprentice fights against them is shown in the climax of 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'.

The story of 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' is simple, as usual here also you have got good
and bad powers. The positive person wants to save the world from the evils. They are fighting each other most of the time with their extreme magical powers. In the end, the victory is for the hero. The romantic portions of the young guy with the radio jockey, resembles an Indian movie environment. It looks like hollywood movies have also started practicing the culture of giving unnatural ends for their movies, the climax shot provoked me to say so. The visual effects shots used in the movie are excellent, the only thing lies in the genuineness of some sequences in this theme. The fighting between the hero and the villain happens even in the middle of a car chase in the busy traffic. Such sequences resembles a video game only. Since both of them are having magical powers to vanish and appear within seconds,the need for chasing and related sequences should be questioned.

Nicolas Cage, in the lead role did well. Alfred Molina as the negative personality, is soft s
poken and had got a pleasing look also. Monica Bellucci didn't have any thing to perform. Jay Baruchel, as the lover guy is ok. Director Jon Tuteltaub had presented the movie simply, without deeply going into the story side in detail in a complicated way, probably he might have targeted the children viewers more for this movie.

To be honest, Unlike from the usual phenomena, I understood each and every english dialogues used in the movie (without the sub titles), it is a different experience for me, a special thanks to the creators for making the dialogues simple.

'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' is yet another fantasy movie from hollywood, made using the extreme visual effects and computer graphics sequences; those who love such subjects can watch it once for a time pass.

Rating : 7 / 10

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