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||An original screenplay
||Matt Lopez, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard
||Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Matt Lopez
||Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molino, Teresa Palmer, Monica Bellucci, Alice Krige
||A couple of ancient sorcerers in modern Manhattan battle it out for the future or not, of the planet, each requiring an assistant to help with his magical plans. But one assistant is reluctant and worse, he is in love, so he takes his eye off the ball, allowing the evil duo to gain the ascendency. Only when his possible girlfriend is threatened does he begin to sort things out.
||A lot of magic, flames, dust changing into people, bodies being flung across rooms, and my favourite a taxi being changed into a Ferrari and in response a Rolls being changed into a supercharged Mercedes. No actual violence if we discount the people being thrown about business and just a bit of snogging between the young people.
||Not terribly well thought of, maybe because the plot is a bit weak and the writers seem to have fallen back on magic when they couldn’t think of anything else to do. And of course magic is pretty easy in the films. It cost a lot, and the producers must have been keeping their fingers crossed as they waited to see whether they had got their money back.