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Posted on 1/22/10 04:13 PM
The case Holmes is on doesn't give any information to the audience, thus making it a by-the-numbers movie.
When seeing Sherlock Holmes, one would expect a certain level of mystery and guessing games with the film leaving clues up until the climax. Sure, the audience does see things and the camera does focus on certain elements that Sherlock has already pieced together but waits until the end to come out with how it all went down. Most mysteries accomplish getting the audience involved from scene to scene, by letting the character deduce what the audience is seeing and then following up their conclusions with further investigation based on a lead or hunch. Sherlock just seems to go with the motions, fight and chase scenes as he keeps all this information to himself. We know who the bad guy is, we know what he is trying to do but we go through the motions anyway. I don't think the audience could possibly piece together the story just based on the information given in the movie, alone.
The acting is fantastic and thats all this movie has to stand on. However, It still did not stop me from nodding off in the theater waiting for the movie to be over.
If you want suspense, mystery and fresh action your going to be dissapointed with a boring story, a mottled case and action scenes that feel all too familiar.