Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr Watson team up to defeat their most skilful of foes, Professor Moriarty. Holmes is looking into terrorist attacks that occurred in London but he’s doing so alone as Watson is due to marry fiancee Mary in Kist a few short days later. Holmes’ investigations seem to implicate Moriarty as the man behind the attacks. When Watson and Mary are attacked on the way to their honeymoon, Holmes takes Mary to stay with his brother, Mycroft.

Holmes and Watson soon reveal that Moriarty has acquired arms and ammunition factories and is attempting to start his own war in the killing of politicians and police leaders in Europe. Now they have to stop him, along with a sidekick of his own, Colonel Sebastian Moran.

The film starts with an explosion that takes place in Strasbourg after similar pyrotechnics in Germany, Paris, and London. This punctuates chases, fights on trains, and battles with the kind of body count that acts as a sign of the war Holmes is attempting to thwart.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2011)

It’s the year 1915 and Thaddeus Thatch’s grandson Milo Thatch is employed by a museum to work in the boiler room. He’s only too aware of the existence of Atlantis and if he’s able to get his hands on the Shepherds journal, he could get there. He also needs money for such a journey, however. His boss thinks it’s a ridiculous idea and won’t entertain giving him any money for it.

Milo returns to his apartment where he finds a woman waiting to see him. She escorts him to a friend of his grandfathers, Preston B. Whitmore. They journey together through the Atlantic Ocean where they come across a lobster by the name of Leviathan before finally arriving at Atlantis. The Atlantic crew, however, may have something other than discovery on their minds.

The children’s adventure movie features some stunning animation, with charm and wit to boot. It may not be a Disney classic in the traditional sense but it’s a steampunk film that’s definitely worth a watch.

The Golden Compass (2007)

This movie asks a great number of intriguing questions, as well as serving up numerous complex villains. It’s also a magnificent visual experience while, at the same time, being something of a challenging fantasy.

The story revolves around an orphan by the name of Lyra Belacqua, who was raised in an Oxford college, thanks to being sponsored by her uncle, a scientist called Lord Asriel. Lyra’s adventure, however, would start closer to home after she overhears a conversation about an extraordinary particle.

The particle contains profound properties capable of uniting the entire universe. There are those, however, who fear it and would prefer to destroy it. The film is set in a parallel universe with a dark organisation threatening to split up children from their real imaginary friends. The world is full of steampunk gadgets, stunning sets, and machines.