In 740 AD, one of Merlin’s apprentices, Maxim Horvath, joins forces with the evil sorceress Morgana le Fay, betraying Merlin.
Morgana mortally wounds Merlin before his other apprentices, Balthazar Blake and Veronica, can stop her.
Before dying, Merlin gives his remaining apprentice a dragon ring that will choose the Prime Merlinian, who will become Merlin’s successor. Only the Prime Merlinian will be able to defeat Morgana.
In 2000 AD in Manhattan, 10-year-old Dave Stutler encounters Balthazar in an antique store, who is as youthful as when Merlin gave him the ring. Hoping he is the successor, Balthazar gives him the dragon ring, which comes alive and locks onto Dave’s finger. Dave accidentally opens the Grimhold, releasing Horvath. While battling for possession of the Grimhold, Balthazar and Horvath are imprisoned in a vase with a 10-year lock.
Dave is humiliated when he is discovered by his teacher and classmates with his pants wet due to a vase that broke in his lap. There is no trace of the battle, so everyone believes Dave made it up.
Ten years later to the day, Dave is a physics student at New York University and has made the acquaintance of a childhood friend, Becky.
The mystical urn opens and Horvath escapes first. He throws the urn out the window of an apartment building, but Balthazar escapes the urn just before it hits the ground and shatters.
Horvath finds Dave, who is the last person he remembers possessing the Grimhold. Dave threw the Grimhold away after the battle, so he has no idea where it is. When Dave cannot tell him, Horvath unleashes a pack of wolves. Balthazar rescues Dave, and they escape atop a steel eagle.
Dave initially refuses to help Balthazar, wanting only a normal life, but agrees to help as long as Balthazar will leave Dave alone once the Grimhold is found. They track the Grimhold to Chinatown, where Horvath has released the next Morganian, a wizard named Sun Lok. Dave defeats Sun Lok, and Balthazar retrieves the Grimhold. Dave finds that he wants to learn to use magic after all, and agrees to become Balthazar’s apprentice.
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Monica Bellucci