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Marvel, Star Wars, everything in the Disney vault… That’s great and all, but we know what you really want to see on Disney Plus – more Nicolas Cage movies! To date, The Cage has only been represented on the Mouse House’s streaming service by the two National Treasure films, but this Friday, October 30th, Cage’s other movie for Disney was made available on D+. Namely, 2010’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
While the National Treasure flicks were huge successes back in the 2000s and are still fondly remembered today, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice hasn’t really had the same kind of shelf life. So now it’s on Disney Plus, it might be time to re-familiarize yourself with it or else give it a go for the first time. I’ll warn you, it’s not exactly what you’d call critically acclaimed, with just 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s a perfectly enjoyable fantasy adventure movie and definitely worth watch if you’re a fan of National Treasure.
Loosely inspired by the iconic “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” segment from Fantasia (one sequence features a homage to the animation), the movie stars Cage as Balthazar Blake, an ancient wizard who finally discovers the chosen one destined to defeat the evil Morgan Le Fay (Star Trek‘s Alice Krige) and save the world – Jay Baruchel’s David Stutler, a nebbish college student who becomes his eponymous apprentice. Together the unlikely pairing will have to stop Le Fay and her ally, evil sorcerer Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina, Spider-Man 2).
With a top-notch cast – Teresa Palmer, Monica Bellucci and Ian McShane also feature – and National Treasure director John Turteltaub behind the camera, Disney must’ve thought they had a smash on their hands. With a ballooning budget of $150 million, however, Sorcerer’s Apprentice only took in $215. 3 million worldwide, so it wouldn’t have turned much of a profit. It did well on home video at the time, though, so maybe it’ll similarly find some new love on Disney Plus.