Sherlock Holmes (Anthony Higgins) is awakened in modern times with a tale that he had invented a method of suspended animation that he had utilized on himself. Awakened by an earthquake, he... See full summary »
Sherlock Holmes (Anthony Higgins) is awakened in modern times with a tale that he had invented a method of suspended animation that he had utilized on himself. Awakened by an earthquake, he is helped by Amy Winslow, who lives at 1994 Baker Street in San Francisco. There he is joined by a new group of Baker Street Irregulars led by Zapper. His battles lead him to the evil Moriarty clan led by James Moriarty Booth. Written by
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When explaining to Doctor Winslow that his famous fictional exploits were based on fact, Sherlock Holmes tells her that his cases were "...rendered into over-dramatic narrative by an Irishman, named Conan Doyle." Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was in fact Scottish. See more »
Every time I read the books and stories, I used to wonder how Sherlock Holmes and his methods would fit in, in today's world of high tech gadgets and crime. While I can't say that this movie cleared my doubts in that regard, it sure did give me quite an enjoyable time while it tried to do so.
Conan Doyle took his detective quite seriously and so did Holmes himself. Here, Holmes does of course take himself seriously, but the film itself does not. There are quite a few gags in the out-of-place-in-the-strange-future style. In fact, quite unforgivably, it reminded me a bit of Austin Powers:The Spy Who Shagged Me.
Here, Holmes has himself frozen through some chemical process that is supposed to keep him frozen till the year 2000 when he is to come alive and look for criminals in that century, but, due to an accident with the power connection caused by the female Watson (Holmes does go "Elementary my dear Dr. Winslow" quite often), he comes alive in the year 1993. He finds a descendant of Moriarty who is as ingenious as his ancestor and Holmes' most famous adversary. The rest of the movie is about Holmes adapting to the 21st century and how he does so with amazing skill and speed.
Anthony Higgins as Holmes is a tad young, but I think he fits into the role really well. I would quite like to see him play Holmes in the actual Conan Doyle stories. The part I did not like was the whole women's lib and the desire to be gender-wise politically correct. While I have no qualms in making Dr. Winslow smarter than Dr. Watson, having her help and advice Holmes when he is apparently in a moment of emotional weakness is Holmes being absolutely out of character and even out of character with the way he is in the rest of the movie. Apart from that minor distraction the movie provides guilty entertainment to Holmes fans like myself.
Watch it and enjoy.
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