Sherlock Holmes (2010)
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WOW. I watched this as I hadn't seen a bad film in quite a while, and Asylum never fail to disappoint. But here they did fail. It was genuinely well written and also a lot of damn fun. Watson recalls the story of Sherlock that has never been told. After a number of monster attacks around London, ranging from giant octopus to mini-tyrannosaur, Holmes is drafted in to solve the case. As always, the mystery must come to a logical conclusion of some sorts. So how did Asylum manage to create an impressive piece of entertainment? First of all, they managed to get some genuine talent. Snyder, David-Lloyd and Keating all give memorable performances and are faithful to their characters. They take it seriously, but also have fun, but never forget that this is just a knock-off meant to cash in on the Hollywood release. The script develops the characters very well, and the villain has a reason to be the way he is. It's almost emotional at times. By the end, when a giant mechanical dragon takes to the skies, it completely had me. This has the same quality, in both writing and production, of a very good Doctor Who episode. I hope The Asylum put just as much effort into future releases.
A steampunk Sherlock Holmes story set In 1940, Dr. Watson watches London burn for the second time (historically it would be the third time as there were German Zeppelin attacks in World War One) and feels he must tell the story of Sherlock Holmes' most painful case. The plot involves mechanical monsters, a clockwork woman, and Sherlock's older Brother, Thomas, a police inspector who was invalided in the line of duty. Thomas, and a plot against the Queen. Asylum films are low budget and completely insane, but they are fun. A staple on the Sci-Fi network, their films will never be mistaken for serious drama, but they adhere to the old Z grade horror movie style of fun.
The sequel is actually better. Don't expect it to come close to Sherlock Holmes in any way but a few superficial ways. Take it for what it is and you will be entertainedish.
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