SHERLOCK TOMS STORY:
Inspired by Sherlock Holmes books, enforcement officer PL Thomas wants to crack a big case in his first posting. However, his wife's antics lead to the whole case going awry, even pushing him to the point to derangement. His scheme to salvage some pride as a last-ditch effort takes the plot forward.
SHERLOCK TOMS REVIEW:
Director Shafi's film Sherlock Toms has all the right ingredients for a gripping, smart thriller - a protagonist inspired by Sherlock Holmes books, a crackling case and a promising taut premise that could have the audience hooked to their seats. However, the director squanders it all by taking the road often travelled and stressing on brainless humour.
The film introduces its protagonist - PL Thomas (Biju Menon) and his infatuation for Sherlock Holmes books. Very early on his life, he helps solve a case in school and earns the nickname Sherlock Toms. From then on his aim is to be an IPS officer but he ends up as an IRS official. An opportunity as an enforcement officer soon beckons and he hopes to crack a major case in his outing.
However, thanks to the antics of his embittered wife Rekha (Srinda), his cover gets blown and the investigation takes an awry turn - driving him to the point of derangement. As a last-ditch effort, Thomas tries to salvage some pride. How he goes about it and if he is successful forms the plot.
The first half of the movie, scripted by Sachy and Najeem Koya, is loose and focuses on Thomas, his cronies and his nagging wife Rekha. The focus is on presenting the film laced with humour but that's where it suffers too as the comedy falls flat, thereby depriving the movie the push it requires.
The latter half has an interesting premise that could have had the audience hooked to their seats. But the writers once again choose the lazy route by stretching the film with slapstick comedy and convenient plot devices. Though Biju Menon tries his best to inject some energy in the film, even he is at times listless and you would rather wish the character commits the act that he threatens to do for over one hour of the film.
With a slew of characters including Miya George, Salim Kumar, Suresh Krishna, Hareesh Kanaran, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Kottayam Nazir, Vijayaraghavan and Rafi too getting enough screen time, it takes away from the plot. The editing could have been a lot tighter.
For Shafi, this movie is a missed opportunity and it ends up more as a tale of Shikhari Shambu than Sherlock Holmes.