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'The Sorcerer's Apprentice': movie review

Nicolas Cage plays a Merlin disciple in search of a protégé in 'The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,' an action-packed version that's missing the magic of Disney's original.

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Nicolas Cage, left, and Jake Cherry are shown in a scene from the new movie 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice.'

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One of the most magical of all animated movie sequences features Mickey Mouse wildly splish-splashing and abracadabra-ing his way through “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” sequence from Disney’s “Fantasia.” Now Disney, via the inevitable Jerry Bruckheimer, has come up with “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” starring Nicolas Cage. He can’t hold a candle to Mickey.

Looking less like a sorcerer than like someone who lives under a freeway overpass, Cage’s Balthazar Blake is a 1,400-year-old Merlin disciple on the prowl to locate the boy known as the Prime Merlinean. This is not, to put it gently, the most exciting monicker for somebody who is prophesied to battle dead souls from the dark side – the sub-Prime Merlineans? – who are threatening to take over the planet.

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