In Britain 740 AD, the world of between the sorcerers and the shadows of evil are untold in history and now the faith of mankind is in the hands of powerful Merlin (James A. Stephens). That time, he told his secrets to his three apprentices namely Balthazar (Nicolas Cage), Veronica (Monica Bellucci) and Horvath (Alfred Molina) but he should have trusted only two. Morgana (Alice Krige), Merlin’s most deadliest enemy took over the secrets and spells, with the help of Horvath that betrayed Merlin and the other. Balthazar and Veronica witnessed the savage of the sorcery under the power of evil and so Morgana and Horvath. Morgana gained the dangerous spell known as “The Rising” giving any sorcerer the power to raise the dead and slay mankind. To stop the evil, Veronica sacrificed herself drawing Morgana’s soul into her own body but Morgana is too powerful and begun killing Veronica from the inside. But to save Veronica and capture Morgana, Balthazar trapped them both in a grimhole that no one could escape. Overtime, Balthazar fought many evil sorcerers who tried to free Morgana from the doll. To stop them, Balthazar also trapped them layer upon layer of the doll and eventually, he captured Horvath as well. Lying in death, Merlin gave Balthazar his Dragon ring saying that it will guide him to a child that will soon grow to be Merlin’s successor, the Prime Merlinian. The one who could only defeat Morgana once she escaped from the doll. And then, Balthazar search over time in different places just to end Morgana’s evil and to save mankind.
In New York City, in the year 2000, there is young Dave (Jake Cherry), an ordinary boy who lives New York with his school friends and secretly had a crush in one of his classmate Becky (Peyton Roi List). It was a tour to New York where the Statue of Liberty is at view. Dave wrote a letter to Becky asking her if she want him to be her friend or girlfriend. Becky leave the note aside her when they were leaving the area. When Dave is picking up the letter, it went away by the wind and went through a store, Arcana Cabana. It was an ancient artefacts store, and owned by Balthazar. It was just a coincidence but the Dragon Ring chose Dave to be Merlin’s successor. Accidentally, Dave made Horvath escaped from the grimhole. But Balthazar alerted and had to fight Horvath again. Before Horvath escape with the grimhole, Balthazar let Dave escape and trapped them both inside an ancient jar.
Ten years later, with a rainy day Dave (Jay Baruchel) is now a college student and eventually met Becky (Teresa Palmer) in his presentation in school. Becky didn’t like Dave of his physics thingy but rather music, as she is working in a radio station in an afternoon show in a college studio. Same as the old times, Dave really likes Becky at all. Apparently Horvath made to escape after ten years being trapped inside an antique jar with Balthazar. But Balthazar made to escape before Horvath broke the antique jar. Balthazar had to find his own place to hide and find Dave to teach him some magic. Horvath was the first one to find Dave from his place. Dave made an escape but Horvath is too powerful sorcerer but eventually Balthazar made the right timing to save Dave and escape. Dave was force again to agree with Balthazar for he is involved with his quest when the Dragon Ring chose him. But first, they must find the grimhole and secure it with them preventing Horvath to free Morgana.
It was in China town as detected by Balthazar’s tracking device but there was also Horvath who first came and found the grimhole containing Morgana. But Horvath made Sun-Lok (Gregory Woo) escaped from the grimhole. He was an ally of Horvath and been defeated by Balthazar before but now he is taking all to fight again Balthazar and his apprentice, Dave. Fighting together, Dave made his first magic and with the help of Balthazar, they defeated Sun-Lok.
Escaped from the dark side, Dave want to learn some more but Balthazar needs a place to teach him magic and to secure the grimhole from Horvath, somewhere he can’t be detected and no civilians at all. Dave’s hideout fits it, his place where he is conducting experiments and one of it is his tesla coils. Balthazar made a Merlin’s circle where Dave can focus, learn and practice spells. He better prepare himself before the time Morgana escape the grimhole. Apparently, while Dave is taking up his lessons in spells, Horvath find someone to help him because he knew that he can’t defeat Balthazar and took the grimhole with him with the Prime Merlinian on Balthazar’s side. So he found Drake Stone (Toby Kebbell), a magician and known to his unbelievable spells and magic.
But Balthazar feared Dave to lose focus in learning spells because he knew that he was in love with Becky. It was destruction for a sorcerer because a sorcerer needs a full focus in magic and spells. Horvath is now preparing for The Rising as soon as he frees Morgana from the grimhole. He is desperate to free her but the grimhole was secured by Balthazar. But Horvath traced their hideout and steal the grimhole from Balthazar without Dave. But Dave catched the time and helped Balthazar to get back the grimhole and stop Horvath to free Morgana but Horvath and Drake escaped. But it was Balthazar who made them escaped because he fell in love to Morgana. He didn’t tell it to Dave because he didn’t want to lose focus in sorcery.
And now Horvath is ready to free Morgana but before that he must first free another ally, Abigail Williams (Nicole Ehinger), a dark witch once attempted to free Morgana from Balthazar. But Horvath is too evil that he used the Parasite Spell that drains Drake’s energy and transfers it to him. He needed it to free the witch, Abigail and to use again the Parasite spell on her just to free Morgana. It needs a lot of energy to free the deadliest enemy of all sorcerers. Horvath use Abigail to kidnap Becky for an exchange of the power of the Prime Merlinian. Horvath took Merlin’s ring and the grimhole and ready to free Morgana and starts the spell, The Rising.
Living with science, Dave and Becky try to stop the spell without the help of the ring and any magic. Morgana uses the satellite dishes around the park to transfer electromagnetic energy to make a spell circle to complete the The Rising spell. Dave asked Becky to move one of the satellite dishes to stop the spell while Dave is trying to stop Morgana for making spells. Becky was successful of doing it but Balthazar transferred the soul of Morgana to him but she made an escape in the form of a soul. Dave, without the ring fought Morgana to death, but being the Prime Merlinian, he is able to regain his magic and spells. He tried to combine the physics with magic before Morgana kill him. From his knowledge of science and a little bit of magic spells on his hand, he defeated Morgan.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Jon Turteltaub, a very fantastic film with awesome effects and great story line satisfying the audience with the an adventurous action scenes together with the actors Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina and actresses Teresa Palmer and Monica Bellucci.