Trailer: ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows posterIt has only been a few days since we unveiled the new posters for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the sequel to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, and now thanks to iTunes Trailers we have a look at the first footage from the film.

The trailer is introduced by none other than Robert Downey Jr, who tells us that we can see the trailer exclusively on iTunes. Thanks to the magic of the Interwebs, you can also find it on YouTube and just about every other film website today, including our own vessel.

Filled with the same frenetic energy that filled the first entry, we are introduced to new characters and the same slowing down/speeding up really quickly action that has characterised many recent action films. Let’s hope that it is not too overused in the final film.

We can’t help but be a little bit excited by this one.

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law returns as his formidable colleague, Dr. Watson, in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large–Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)–and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder–a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by one Professor Moriarty. Mixing business with pleasure, Holmes tracks the clues to an underground gentlemen’s club, where he and his brother, Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) are toasting Dr. Watson on his last night of bachelorhood. It is there that Holmes encounters Sim (Noomi Rapace), a Gypsy fortune teller, who sees more than she is telling and whose unwitting involvement in the prince’s murder makes her the killer’s next target.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is released in Australia on 5 January 2012 from Roadshow.

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