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Best Sherlock Holmes Like Movies

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Paul Gonzalez
• Sunday, 13 December, 2020
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sociopath detective has won hearts through his exuberance, style, charm, and charisma over the many years of the character’s portrayal on big screen. The Sherlock Holmes gave a rise to a new genre comprising detective elements blended with thrill, suspense, and action.

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When the trailer of Kenneth Branagh-directed remake of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ first debuted, the film created a great hype amongst fans, who had loved the 1974 original. With a shining ensemble consisting of Academy Awards nominees Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, and Branch himself, with Simon Kin berg and Ridley Scott in producers’ seats, the film generated expectations from fans and critics alike.

However, despite an all-star cast which also includes Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, and Judi Dench, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ lacked the thrill and efficacy in its and direction and performances, and failed to produce a result as good as the previous one. The progress of the plot line, along with the production design, set locations, and the climax shot is the reason that ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ went on to become a blockbuster hit, enough to spawn a sequel slated to be released in 2019.

An impeccable depiction of John LE Care’s novel of the same name, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ follows a group of British Intelligence officers who try to find a Soviet mole on their team. ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ gives a sense of paranoia as director Alfred son very brilliantly connects the dots to solve the puzzle.

‘The Usual Suspects’ follows an investigative officer and small-time crook Roger ‘Verbal’ King discussing the events leading to a massacre at Port of Los Angeles. ‘The Usual Suspects’ became a major hit, unexpected to most of the critics and went on to get two Academy Awards for Original Screenplay and Supporting Actor.

But Edward Norton’s compelling debut, his scenes of character change, and his charismatic looks and expressions are what this film is to vouch for. ‘Primal Fear’ is a must-watch for Norton, who for his debut role was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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The first stint of a Hollywood director in the genre of detective-cop on the trail of a notorious psychopathic killer, ‘Dirty Harry’ was the first influence from the Zodiac killings in San Francisco. Despite the lack of perseverance in writing and other acting performances, Eastwood’s popularity and fan-following made it a huge box-office success and led to four sequels, all of whom turned out to be commercial hits.

A low-budget thriller, ‘Brick’s’ cynosure is Joseph, whose dazzling portrayal of a lonely and self-ousted guy not only proves his talent but also reflects his competencies and charisma found in his current roles. Director Ran Johnson does let the command loose in one or two sequences, but they are to be neglected due to Joseph’s lead.

A dark film without an optimistic touch, ‘Brick’ is a modern-day cult classic, which takes a realistic cut on the situation of drug-dealing in schools and colleges. In 2011, Neeson was brought on board for a new action-suspense thriller project headed by Spanish director, Jaime Collet-Serra, who was then famous for directing ‘Orphan’ (2009).

‘Unknown’ follows Dr. Martin Harris, who after getting involved in a road crash struggles to prove his identity to the public and recap the past day’s events. Also starring Diane Kruger and January Jones, ‘Unknown’ is an intriguing psychological-action film right from the beginning which takes the audiences through the unfolding of a well-constructed plot towards a completely unexpected ending.

As Edward builds up his case, he tries to uncover the truth behind the activities at the facility, while facing the haunts from his days in war and the death of his family. Based on Dennis Leave’s novel of the same name, ‘Shutter Island’ is the most twisted film directed by Martin Scorsese till date, which takes the levels of suspense, mystery, and thriller elements to new benchmarks in Hollywood.

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The star cast includes Scorsese’s long-time collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Buffalo, along with a dynamic and unrestrained performance from Max von Show. May it not be nominated for big awards, ‘Shutter Island’ is a masterpiece for not just its suspense and thrill, but for the cleverly induced plot elements in between the scenes, which can only be identified by multiple viewings and binge-watching it.

In the film, Landon tries to stop an impending nuclear attack on the city, which may cause a catastrophic war between religion and science. Ron Howard’s attempts to recreate the essence of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ (2006) surpasses his previous effort and gives an amazing and mind-bending suspense-thriller to the audience.

Dealing with a sensitive topic of Catholic beliefs coinciding with the scientific evolution, Howard, through his experienced directorial vision, is able to put Brown’s words from the book in a profound and beautiful with some fine changes to accommodate the perceptions of the modern-day moviegoers. As the film is about to have a heroic end, a bomb drops on the audience in the final scene, which is easily capable of taking them into shock.

A story following two private investigators trying to solve a kidnapping of a young girl from Boston, ‘Gone Baby Gone’ is modern-day neo-noir drama comprising elements of detective mysteries and suspense thrillers. At the time when Ben was going through his biggest career crisis, he returned to the mainstream in the director’s chair and gave the audiences a taste of is versatility.

His experience, ability to learn and grasp, and his unique and unmatched vision reflects his work on the film and makes it intriguing, compelling, and aesthetic. With a 94% critic rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Gone Baby Gone’ remains one of the most enticing detective thrillers of the new millennia.

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‘The Maltese Falcon’ is a stylized film focusing a detective trying to solve a spree of killings which started with the death of his partner, a quest for a stolen relic, and dealing with a femme fatale. ‘The Maltese Falcon’ was released in 1941, a time when the genre of detective films was widely dominated by the Sherlock Holmes series of the 1930s and 40s starring Basil Rathbone.

As the three of them, all different personalities forms an uneasy, non-cooperative, and unwanted alliance to solve the case; the audience is taken to a journey of complete amazement wherein they watch the most elegant ensemble embarking upon a bloody trail to fight crime and corruption. Confidential’ got nine Oscar nominations (though lost to ‘Titanic’ in seven of them), 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and gave Hollywood a bunch of superstars.

Fischer’s ‘Se7en’ which was released almost a decade before ‘Zodiac’ (2007), was his first experiment with such a screenplay, whereby a killer or criminal was cleverer, vicious, and a step ahead of the good guys, which is quite similar to Sherlock films. As for the performance, Fischer blended Morgan Freeman’s sophistication with Brad Pitt’s humor and arrogance, and brought life to Mills and Somerset, while he kept the killer’s casting a secret along with optimal utilization of Pal trow’s character in the climax.

The dark, intriguing, and gritty thriller from David Fischer’s twisted sense of scene capturing, ‘Zodiac’ is one of the finest mystery-thrillers produced in Hollywood in the past two decades. The film takes a turn on the killing investigations from three different perspectives including Gray smith, his fellow reporter Paul Avery, and Detective in-charge Dave Touch.

Besides Fischer’s excellent direction, the film stars the ensemble comprising Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Buffalo, and Robert Downey Jr., just a year before his all-time favorite role in ‘Iron Man.’ With the fantastic coordination of the three actors (especially Buffalo), the authenticity of the plot, blended with Fischer’s sheer patience for perfection and exuberance, ‘Zodiac’ is an aesthetic cinematic piece, which will boggle with your mind and intensify your every moment in its three-hour running time. Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller 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.

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Themes: robbery, deception, friendship Characters: warrior, thief Story: person on fire, foot chase, bullet time, tomb, bat, jumping through a window, resurrection, back from the dead, kicked in the stomach, burned alive, stylized violence, hanging, knocked out, lightning, race against time, femme fatale, coffin, map, mixed martial arts, disguise, strangulation, good versus evil, hallucination, handcuffs, death of father, hand-to-hand combat, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl, London England, sword, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shotgun, mirror, fistfight, corpse, cult film, chase, explosion, martial arts, character name in title, bare chested male, flashback Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller James McEvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McEvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Statesman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality.

Themes: deception, drunkenness, friendship Locations: laboratory, restaurant, hospital Story: foot chase, Big Ben London, spiral staircase, Victorian era, eye patch, resurrection, back from the dead, shot in the shoulder, lightning, 19th century, necklace, no opening credits, gambling, nonlinear timeline, science, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl, London England, punched in the face, slow motion scene, mirror, fistfight, corpse, fire, chase, explosion, title spoken by character, father son relationship, character name in title, bare chested male, flashback Victor Frankenstein (2015) is one of the bestmovieslikeSherlockHolmes (2009) Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.

When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up …with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III.

Themes: brutality, deception, drunkenness, friendship Locations: sewer, laboratory, hospital Story: secret organization, Big Ben London, antidote, meat cleaver, eye patch, resurrection, back from the dead, kicked in the stomach, assassination attempt, stylized violence, subtitled scene, shot in the shoulder, opening action scene, knocked out, race against time, femme fatale, no opening credits, anti-hero, map, mixed martial arts, axe, strangulation, good versus evil, hallucination, handcuffs, hand-to-hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, brawl, London England, gunfight, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head, shotgun, fistfight, rain, shootout, chase, explosion, martial arts, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, bare chested male, flashback Kinsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the bestmovieslikeSherlockHolmes (2009) Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it.

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Action, Thriller Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East.

Action, Comedy, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles' “The Daily Sentinel” after the sudden death of his father. Britt's party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, NATO (Jay Chou), stop a robbery.

Themes: brutality, robbery, deception, drunkenness Story: newspaper headline, altered version of studio logo, murder of father, two man armies, sidekick, bullet time, genius, eye patch, jumping through a window, title appears in writing, punched in the stomach, hit in the crotch, kicked in the stomach, stylized violence, shot in the shoulder, knocked out, graveyard, coffin, no opening credits, anti-hero, newspaper, death of father, action hero, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl, love triangle, gunfight, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head, corpse, shootout, explosion, martial arts, title spoken by character, father son relationship, character name in title, bare chested male, flashback Adventure, Fantasy After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorn and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Kirkwood Forest--without their Wizard.

Themes: deception, friendship Locations: laboratory, restaurant Story: necklace yanked off, newspaper headline, person on fire, resurrection, back from the dead, faked death, kicked in the stomach, assassination attempt, burned alive, knocked out, no opening credits, anti-hero, mixed martial arts, hallucination, hand-to-hand combat, held at gunpoint, brawl, gunfight, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head, shotgun, fistfight, corpse, shootout, fire, chase, explosion, martial arts, father son relationship, bare chested male, flashback Self/less (2015) is one of the bestmovieslikeSherlockHolmes (2009) Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther VOZ is capable to disarm the bomb.

Themes: conspiracy, deception Story: sawed off shotgun, sword fight, person on fire, foot chase, sliced in two, meat cleaver, eye patch, jumping through a window, hit in the crotch, assassination attempt, burned alive, stylized violence, subtitled scene, shot in the shoulder, race against time, femme fatale, anti-hero, mixed martial arts, disguise, handcuffs, hand-to-hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl, gunfight, undressing, sword, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head, shotgun, fistfight, shootout, chase, explosion, martial arts, title spoken by character, character name in title, bare chested male, flashback Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat.

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Themes: brutality, conspiracy, deception, drunkenness, friendship Locations: ship, bathtub, hotel, hospital Story: person on fire, foot chase, chambermaid, antidote, two man armies, bullet time, jumping through a window, kicked in the stomach, assassination attempt, burned alive, stylized violence, shot in the shoulder, opening action scene, knocked out, race against time, femme fatale, map, mixed martial arts, disguise, strangulation, hand-to-hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl, London England, gunfight, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head, shotgun, fistfight, corpse, shootout, train, chase, explosion, martial arts, title spoken by character, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father son relationship, character name in title, bare chested male, flashback Action, Comedy, Crime Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions.

Action, Adventure, Romance After failing in a scheme to steal Leonardo da Vinci's airship blueprints, the Musketeers are disbanded by Cardinal Richelieu leaving Pathos, Port hos and Arms on the streets of Paris. Count Richelieu is not only determined to be rid of the musketeers, but also schemes with Pathos' former lover Milady to undermine the reign of King Louis and his wife.

Themes: conspiracy, deception, drunkenness Story: diamond necklace, sword fight, drugged drink, eye patch, kicked in the stomach, stylized violence, shot in the shoulder, knocked out, prologue, femme fatale, necklace, no opening credits, map, disguise, good versus evil, hand-to-hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl, London England, sword, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head, shootout, chase, explosion, martial arts, title spoken by character The Three Musketeers (2011) Themes: conspiracy, deception, friendship Story: sword fight, foot chase, Big Ben London, kicked in the stomach, assassination attempt, burned alive, stylized violence, opening action scene, knocked out, race against time, no opening credits, mixed martial arts, disguise, good versus evil, handcuffs, hand-to-hand combat, action hero, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl, London England, sword, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head, fistfight, corpse, shootout, prison, chase, explosion, martial arts, character name in title, bare chested male, flashback G.i.

Action, Crime, Thriller The story of Jack Conrad, who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is “purchased” by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going …to the sole survivor.

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists.

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Action, Mystery, Thriller The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Brought on (Theron) is equal parts spy craft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized… city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McEvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

Themes: brutality, deception, drunkenness Locations: bathtub, hotel, restaurant Story: foot chase, Frenchman, stick fight, hit in the crotch, kicked in the stomach, assassination attempt, stylized violence, subtitled scene, opening action scene, knocked out, race against time, prologue, femme fatale, nonlinear timeline, mixed martial arts, disguise, strangulation, hand-to-hand combat, held at gunpoint, falling from height, brawl, London England, gunfight, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the head, fistfight, corpse, shootout, train, fire, chase, explosion, martial arts, bare chested male, two word title, flashback Action, Comedy, Crime After Kick-Ass' insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol.

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