|Nothing Escapes Him|
|Based On:||Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle|
|Directed By:||Guy Ritchie|
|Released:||December 25, 2009|
Not to be confused with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (2010 film), Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 British–American action mystery film based on the eponymous character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin. The screenplay by Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg was developed from a story by Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson. Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law portray Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson respectively. In the film, Holmes and his companion Watson, with aid from former adversary Irene Adler, investigate a series of murders connected to occult rituals. Mark Strong plays the villain Lord Blackwood, who has somehow returned from the dead after his execution with a plot to take over the British Empire using an arsenal of dark arts and new technologies.
The film went on general release in the United States on 25 December 2009, and on 26 December 2009 in the U.K., Ireland, the Pacific and the Atlantic.
Sherlock Holmes received mostly positive critical reaction, praising the story, and Robert Downey Jr's performance as the main character, winning the nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor on a Comedy. The film was also nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction, which it lost to the films Up and Avatar, respectively.
A sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, was released on 16 December 2011.
After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.
- Sherlock Holmes (2009 film) page on Wikipedia
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