If you know that this film comes from the team that gave you National Treasure, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect: a larger-than-life action yarn with special effects and a sense of humor. It isn’t my favorite kind of entertainment, but there’s a good reason Jerry Bruckheimer is successful: he (mostly) makes movies people pay money to see. Director Jon Turteltaub and a team of writers are clearly in sync with the producer’s m.o.
Jay Baruchel plays the science-nerd hero of the story, who’s had an unrequited crush on a cute blond girl since he was 10 (as we learn in a prologue). That’s when he first encountered a sorcerer, played by Nicolas Cage. Ten years later, the events foretold—
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