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Reviewed on 2004-04-05
Received[3]  out of 4 stars
GenreAction / Adventure / Horror / Sci-Fi
Finally, we have an excellent fresh treatment for a comic book hero. Ron Perlman is the perfect actor to play Hellboy in a film that has plenty of action and humor. It is reminiscent of Frankenstein, X-Men, Beauty and the Beast, and Men in Black. And oh what fun it is to watch. The story begins back in 1944 when a special allied unit breaks up a Nazi experiment intended to open a dimensional door between Earth and hell, thus giving the Germans supernatural powers. Somehow before the door closes a baby demon passes into our world. He will grow up to be Hellboy, a red giant with a long tail, great strength and indestructible. He is raised by Dr. Broom (John Hurt) who keeps him in an underground laboratory and trains him to fight evil. Professor Broom heads up B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense), and helped Hellboy develop his extraordinary paranormal gifts. He is part of a family that includes the telepathic "Mer-Man" Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) and Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), who has the power to destroy by fire. The evil Rasputin (Karel Roden) tires to recapture Hellboy and turn him against good. The writer/director is Guillermo del Toro who spins this supernatural action-adventure based on Mike Mignola's acclaimed Dark Horse Comics series of the same name.

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