|Guy Ritchie Director||previously directed RocknRolla|
Guy Ritchie's stylish take on Sherlock Holmes has him on the case of a mysterious serial killer/cultist.
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You know, in another life, you'd have made an excellent criminal.
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And you, sir, an excellent policeman
|Michael Robert Johnson||Screenplay|
|Arthur Conan Doyle||Characters|
|Robert Downey Jr.||Sherlock Holmes|
|Jude Law||Dr. Watson|
|Rachel McAdams||Irene Adler|
|Mark Strong||Lord Blackwood|
|Kelly Reilly||Mary Morstan|
|Eddie Marsan||Inspector Lestrade|
|James Fox||Sir Thomas|
|Hans Matheson||Lord Coward|
|Bronagh Gallagher||Palm Reader|
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Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) are on the trail of a murder about to take place along with the police. It turns out to be a ritual murder being performed by Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). Holmes has finally stopped him during this ritual, though five other woman had been murdered before they were able to stop him. Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan) and the police arrive to arrest Blackwood and the remaining cultists.
Blackwood is sentenced to death three months later. During this time, Watson has opted to leave the detecting business, much to the chagrin of Holmes. Watson is planning on becoming engaged to Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly). Holmes, who hasn't had a case since the Blackwood incident, has been very much a recluse during this time. He finally ascents to meeting Mary at Watson's behest, but he offends the woman during their dinner date. Elsewhere, as his hanging approaches, Blackwood makes his final request, which is to see Holmes. During the visit on the day of the execution, Blackwood prophecies three more deaths that will change the world. Blackwood is hanged and Watson pronounces him dead.
Holmes receives a surprise visitor three days later. Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), a professional thief, former adversary, and paramour, requests that Holmes find a man named Reordan (Oran Gurel). Watson arrives at Baker Street, passing Irene in the home, and sees Holmes "discreetly" slip out of the home to follow her. It is through this chase that he discovers Irene is working for a mysterious man in a carriage, who is veiled in shadow.
As Holmes is telling this to Watson back at Baker Street, Constable Clark (William Houston) arrives to inform the men that Blackwood's tomb had been destroyed and the gravedigger claims that he saw Blackwood walking away. The men arrive at the cemetery and discover Reordan's body is now in Blackwood's coffin, with no sign of Blackwood anywhere. Using a pocket watch, Holmes is able to figure out where Reordan lived. He and Watson go to his home and discover various experiments the man had been performing. Holmes and Watson come across a group of men, lead by tough, French-man Dredge (Robert Maillet), who had come to the home to torch it. After the ensuing fight, the Holmes and Watson are arrested for the destruction they cause to a large boat being built. It had been destroyed during Holmes' fight with Dredge. Mary bails out Watson, but leaves Holmes. Eventually, Lestrade show up and lets Holmes out because men in high places wanted to speak with him.
Holmes is secreted away to the Temple of the Four Orders, a secret magical organization. Sir Thomas Rotheram (James Fox), the current leader, is revealed to be Lord Blackwood's father through deduction by Holmes. Thomas, Home Secretary Lord Coward (Hans Matheson), and Ambassador Standish (William Hope) ask Holmes to stop Blackwood.
Sir Thomas and Ambassador Standish are killed by Blackwood, allowing him to assume control of the Order. His plans include retaking the United State, which has become weakened by the Civil War and by political corruption. One of his first orders is to issue an arrest warrant for Holmes. Watson and Holmes discover Blackwood's base of operations and discovers Blackwood has been carrying on Reordan's experiments. Almost facing Blackwood, the two have to save an endangered Irene. Watson tries to pursue Blackwood, but instead trips a explosive device which puts him in the hospital. Before the rest of the police could arrive, Constable Clark tells Holmes he is to be arrested and that he must flee.
In hiding, Holmes muses upon all of the information that has come to pass. He is able to deduce that Blackwood's final stoke will take place at Parliment. He allows himself to be arrest and request and audience with Blackwood's lackey, Lord Coward. Through some deceptive measures, Holmes lures Coward into revealing where and how the deaths at Parliament would take place. He escapes into the Thames river and, with the help of Watson and Irene, foil the device Roerdan had created for Blackwood.
Irene steals a main component of the device, but in her flight, Blackwood attacks her and Holmes. The climactic battle between the two takes place on the construction of the Tower Bridge. Seizing the upper-hand, Holmes relates to Blackwood how he was able to figure most of the major movie plot points. Before Holmes is able to take him into custody, though, Blackwood is killed when part of the construction falls.
Holmes handcuffs Irene and she tells him that she was working for the secretive Professor Moriarty. A few days later when Watson and Mary visit Holmes, they find him hanging by a noose. Watson doesn't feign surprise, since Holmes would not commit suicide. It turns out, he was figuring out how Blackwood had faked his hanging. Constable Clark shows up and tells the men that a dead officer was found near Blackwood's device below Parliament. Holmes deduces that it was Moriarty and that Irene's piece she tried to steal wasn't what he was after; he just wanted Holmes out of the way so he could take the piece he needed. The movie ends with Holmes reopening the case, since he believes that Moriarty was more or less a major player in Blackwood's plans.
The movie was met with favorable reviews. It currently has a 69% "fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes, which comments that "Guy Ritchie's directorial style might not be quite the best fit for an update on the legendary detective, but Sherlock Holmes benefits from the elementary appeal of a strong performance by Robert Downey, Jr."
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The movie was made on a reported $90 million budget and easily made its money back. By end of its theatrical run, it had earned an estimated $209 million domestically and $314 million in the foreign market for a worldwide gross of around $523 million. It's highest ranking in profits was at #2 for three straight weeks from December 25, 2009 to January 10, 2010. It was beaten those weeks by Avatar. It's highest gross weekend was its first when it made an estimated $62.3 million.
A sequel is currently slated for a Christmas 2011 release with Downey Jr., Law, and McAdams to return. Stephen Fry has been cast as Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's elder brother.
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|US Release||Dec. 25, 2009|
|UK Release||Dec. 26, 2009|
|AUS Release||Dec. 26, 2009|
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