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Sherlock (2002)

Early in his crime-solving career, Sherlock Holmes attempts to prevent Moriarty from cornering the heroin market.

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Graham Theakston

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Piers Ashworth, Arthur Conan Doyle (characters)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James D'Arcy ... Sherlock Holmes
Roger Morlidge ... Dr. Watson
Gabrielle Anwar ... Rebecca Doyle
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Moriarty
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ... Insp. Lestrade
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ... Henry Coot
Richard E. Grant ... Mycroft
Struan Rodger ... Ben Harrington
Mihai Bisericanu Mihai Bisericanu ... Sgt. Cox
Sandu Mihai Gruia Sandu Mihai Gruia ... Dr. Cruickshank (as Mihai Gruia Sandu)
Constantin Barbulescu Constantin Barbulescu ... Captor #1 (as Costi Barbulescu)
Doru Dumitrescu Doru Dumitrescu ... Captor #2
Constantin Vasilescu Constantin Vasilescu ... Goldie Duggan
Corneliu Tigancu Corneliu Tigancu ... Chinese Proprietor
Fritha Goodey Fritha Goodey ... Anna
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The game is afoot. This made for cable movie focuses on the young 20-something Sherlock Holmes. As the movie opens, Sherlock is in pursuit of the evil Moriarty and apparently shoots him to death, but his body cannot be found as he falls in a sewer. Ah, but anyone who knows the Holmes mythos knows that Moriarty is not so easily killed. Nonetheless, Holmes gains notoriety with the press and the police for his apparent killing of the evil Moriarty. This accomplishment brings him into the company of Dr. Watson, an early practitioner of autopsies, for the first time. Together, they start an investigation into the murder of several crimelords and become convinced that Moriarty is alive and behind a plot to organize drug dealing. Given that Moriarty is supposedly dead, Holmes finds it hard to convince Inspector Lestrade. Holmes investigation leads him to a beautiful prostitute, who posed as a rich woman to lure Holmes into the plot. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for violence, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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USA | Romania | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sherlock: Case of Evil See more »

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Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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As Sherlock and Mycroft describe a man on the street during their 'old game', the dialogue is taken practically word for word from Arthur Conan Doyle's short story 'The Greek Interpreter', which introduced Mycroft. See more »

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Sublime Sex, Olympian Battle
19 August 2007 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I saw this at the same time as "Finding Jane," and it struck me as positioning itself in the same space. Except Jane Austen actually lived. The idea here is to pretend that we are taking a step back from the stories, with all their quaint Victorianisms, and give us the real deal.

So we have promiscuous sex and drugs, explicit medical procedures, personal demons and a wholly modern approach to narrative and film.

Even when it fails it works, because we say no, the real Sherlock wasn't so and so.

Embedded in this is the famous Moriarty. He's updated as well. He's still the product of several generations of progressive evil. He's still in it for the buck, but this Moriarty will torture for the fun of it. There's no gentlemans' game of wits here. Moriarty is always a step ahead, but it seems to be just better planning and not some omniscient genius.

Its not situated well for me. I would have made different choices so far as the sex is a part of the environment. In this case, he simply hooks up with one or two giggling women at a time. I think such a mind would find women with real souls and since at his level they would be exceedingly rare, there's be one. He would seek solace. He would probably have all sorts of mental phases: peaks and valleys of creativity and cleverness. These would certainly be linked to his relationship with this woman, and if the camera needs to bring sex into the picture, then it would be the most intense, sublime and deep in all the land.

Vincent is all wrong for Moriarty. Even in the most unrealistic of the traditional stories, he's superhuman and I mean that literally. He's transcendent, not fitting into the reality. He's responsible for nearly every evil you find in London and much of elsewhere. He's saturated that space that usually belongs to the author.

Vincent doesn't understand this, and plays an ordinary Mafia boss.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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