Sherlock Holmes Original and Limited Edition Art (2009)

In 1891 London, famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his partner Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) race to prevent the ritual murder of a girl by Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), who has killed five other people similarly. They stop the murder just in time before Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan) and the police arrive to arrest Blackwood.

Three months later, a bored Holmes' eccentric behavior again annoys Watson, his roommate. While he enjoys their adventures together, Watson looks forward to marrying Mary Morstan and leaving 221B Baker Street. Blackwood is sentenced to death and requests to see Holmes in prison, where he warns of three more impending deaths that will cause great changes to the world. Blackwood is hanged and pronounced dead by Watson. Three days later, Holmes is visited by Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), a professional thief and his former adversary, who asks him to find a missing man named Reordan. After her departure, Holmes follows her as she meets with her secret employer, hidden in the shadows of a carriage. The concealed man states that Reordan is the key to Blackwood's plans, but Holmes is only able to determine that he is a professor and intimidates Adler.

Blackwood's tomb is destroyed from the inside out and Reordan is found dead inside the coffin. Sightings of a living Blackwood cause public panic. Following a series of clues from the body, Holmes and Watson find Reordan's home and discover experiments attempting to merge science with magic. After they survive a battle with Blackwood's men, Holmes is taken to the Temple of the Four Orders, a secret magical organization. The leaders—Lord Chief Justice Sir Thomas (James Fox), Ambassador to the United States Standish (William Hope), and Home Secretary Lord Coward (Hans Matheson)—ask Holmes to stop Blackwood, a former member of the society and, as Holmes deduces from physical similarities, Sir Thomas' son. Sir Thomas and Standish are later killed through apparently supernatural means by Blackwood, allowing him to control the Order. He plans to overthrow the British government, then conquer the United States and the world. Lord Coward, secretly working with Blackwood, issues an arrest warrant for Holmes.

The finale is on the unfinished Tower Bridge.

Holmes goes into hiding and studies Blackwood's rituals, concluding that the next target is Parliament. Holmes tricks Lord Coward into revealing that the plan is to kill the members of the House of Lords. He, Adler, and Watson discover below the Palace of Westminster a machine, based on Reordan's experiments, designed to release cyanide gas into the Parliament chambers. As Holmes and Watson battle Blackwood's men, Adler removes the cyanide containers from the machine and flees, pursued by Holmes. Blackwood and Coward realize their plan has failed; Coward is captured but Blackwood escapes. Holmes confronts Adler on top of the incomplete Tower Bridge but is interrupted by Blackwood. Holmes tricks him into becoming entangled in the ropes and chains hanging over the Thames, while Holmes explains the technical trickery behind Blackwood's supposed magic. As they battle, Blackwood, with a noose of chains around his neck, falls from the bridge and is hanged.

Adler explains that her employer is Professor Moriarty, warning that Moriarty is as intelligent as Holmes but far more devious. As Watson moves out of 221B, the police report to him and Holmes that a dead officer was found near Blackwood's device. Professor Moriarty used the confrontations with Adler and Blackwood as a diversion while he took a key component, based on the infant science of radio, from the machine. Holmes looks forward to the new case and new adversary.


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