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Ricky reviews The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Nicholas Cage and Alfred Molina in The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Release date

11 August 2010.

The Plot

Disney's latest blockbuster is packed with action and amazing special effects. It's exactly what you'd expect from a major summer movie release.

Balthazar Blake is a mysterious apprentice who gives a young student a crash course in the art and science of magic in order to save the world from a few bad guys.

Nicholas Cage and Jake Cherry in The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Nicholas Cage and Jake Cherry are two of the main stars of the film

There's plenty of fantasy adventure here with a love story thrown in for good measure. Dave, the young sorcerer and college student uses the magic he's learnt to impress a girl.

But the focus of the film is the race to stop the villains from destroying the world. Dave has to learn magic fast and there are plenty of laughs along the way as he makes loads of mistakes and keeps getting things wrong.

The stars

A favourite with the oldies, Nicolas Cage plays Balthazar, a 1,000-year-old sorcerer.

Jay Baruchel plays the young apprentice Dave, you might recognise his voice from last year's hit animation How To Train Your Dragon.

Best bits

The Sorcerer's Apprentice had me on the edge of my seat right from the start.

If you like the BBC series Merlin, with a bit of Harry Potter and a dash of Spider Man thrown in, then this film will be right up your street!

I also loved the music in the film. They used an excellent track called Secrets by One Republic. I downloaded it straight after I saw the film!

Fave characters

Dave the young college student is great. He's not very keen on learning magic at first, but eventually the geeky character gets the hang of it.

Any weak bits?

The whole love story between Dave and Becky, a girl at his university, is a bit boring. I think it took up a bit too much of the film.

Hit or miss?

A hit.

NR rating:

Newsround's three out of five rating


Your Comments

"I love this film. It's so imaginative and everyone I know loves it!"

Yasmin, 11, England

"It was OK. I'd give it 8 out of 10."

Tyana, 12, London, England

"One of the most amazing films I've ever seen! Jay Baruchel is fantastic as Dave! I love this film! 10/10."

Molly, 13, Leeds, England

"It's one of the best films I've seen, other than Karate Kid. Absolutely brilliant! 10 out of 10!"

Daniel, 12, Wolverhampton, England

"This movie is my fave! It's sooo fab!!"

Haras, 10, Norwich, England

"It's so good, the best movie ever. Everything was great!"

Tiyo, 9, Essex, England

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice is brilliant, a must see film!"

Sarah, 11, London, England

"It's a good film. 5 out of 5."

Dan, 12, County Durham, England

"I love this film!"

William, 6, Yorkshire, England

"I like the film because it's not too violent, so it's good for boys and it has romance, so it's good for girls."

Alba, 12, Burgos, Spain

"I thought it was bad but my brother liked it, so I think it's a boy's film."

Lizzie, 10, Cork, Ireland

"This film is magical and beyond belief and it is an action thriller for all the family. I recommend it because it is awesome!"

Sophie, 10, Buckinghamshire, England

"I liked this film because it was funny and exciting. I would recommend it to others."

Niamh, 9, Durham, England

"It's a great movie. It's like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson put together. I went to see it at the cinema. My brother, who is six, got scared but I loved it."

Georgia, 9, Milton Keynes, England

"I thought this film was amazing, 10/10! Spellbinding. I liked the ending."

Haroon, 9, London, England

"I thought the movie was excellent! I really enjoyed the book and the movie and I love Nicolas Cage as Balthazar!"

Alexa, 10, London, England

"Now this is a movie I love! My mum, dad and I all say it's brill!"

Isaac, 12, London, England

"7.5 out of 10. Sophisticated, smart and, most of all, electrifying! Maybe not the best film but surely a good film to watch if you like magic."

Ewan, 12, Blackburn, England

"I thought it was like Harry Potter but with more magic!"

Wilf, 7, London, England

"I think it is an amazing film with great special effects!"

Toby, 10, Pembrokeshire, Wales

"I went to see it for my birthday and it was worth going to! It was funny and full of great effects. I almost fell off my seat!"

Niamh, 10, Maidstone, England

"I absolutely love this film."

Sophie, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"It's like Wizards Of Waverly Place meets Harry Potter. Incredible!"

Patrick, 10, Cardiff, Wales

"Amazing! Funny! Awesome! Nicholas Cage is so good in this film, it was like he was born to play that part! I thoroughly enjoyed this film and did not want it to end! There is a bit of a love story which makes the film super!"

Lauren, 13, Somerset, England

"I think it's cool and very good."

Georgina, 7, London, England

"I watched it yesterday and it was fab!!! It was really funny! I'd give it 4/5."

Annie, 11, Reading, England

"Awesome film, I never get tired of it. My mum fell asleep watching it though."

Lottie, 9, Berkshire, England

"Just as good as the book."

Anah, 11, Bury, England

"Brilliant film, loved it."

Joe, 13, Cardiff, Wales

"It was a good film but it could have been better. Too much of the film was taken up by Dave and Becky being in love!"

Violet, 10, Lincolnshire, England

"One of the best films I've ever seen. Normally I don't watch these types of films but my eyes were glued to the screen for every second of it. But I thought maybe it could've been less predictable."

Mona, 13, London, England

"I love it, it's so cool."

Barry, 10, Cheshire, England

"I thought this film was very funny. The only negative is that there could have been more to it! Overall 4/5."

Fionnuala, 12, Belfast, N. Ireland

"I thought this film was really good. I normally don't like this genre of film but it had a brilliant plot and it was very interesting. However it was quite scary and I think anyone under the age of 8 would have been scared."

Zara, 13, London, England