There’s a bit in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” Disney’s shameless attempt to siphon off some of that “Harry Potter” cash flow, where a wizard played by Nicholas Cage is lecturing his young protege on how to conjure magic. The trick to sorcery, says Cage, is to tap all one’s mental faculties; most people, he explains, “use only 10 percent of their brains.”
That’s the most candid admission I’ve ever heard in a Hollywood flick regarding what the filmmakers think of their audience. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is nothing if not a movie for people who use only 10 percent of their brains, and that is probably 9 percent more than you need. Indeed, the ideal audience here would be people who are flatlining on an electroencephalogram.