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Hellboy (2004)

April. 02,2004
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6.8
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PG-13
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In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon—Hellboy—has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil.

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Linkshoch
2004/04/02

Wonderful Movie

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SpuffyWeb
2004/04/03

Sadly Over-hyped

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Livestonth
2004/04/04

I am only giving this movie a 1 for the great cast, though I can't imagine what any of them were thinking. This movie was horrible

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Scarlet
2004/04/05

约麻聊城麻将The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.

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Smoreni Zmaj
2004/04/06

Good movie. Perhaps a bit too long, I had the impression of watching a series, but good. It's not Guillermo del Toro that I'm used to, but it's certainly worth a look, especially who likes super(anti)hero movies.7/10

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bowmanblue
2004/04/07

If ever there was a film that probably shouldn't work, it was one about a reformed demon, born during World War II and designed to help the Nazis take over the world, but now spends his time slaying monsters and saving the world instead. 'Hellboy' was a film made in 2004 and came just before the massive resurgence in comic book adaptations which, to this day, still dominates the Box Office with superhero movies. It's a strange kind of film that, although popular enough to generate (and equally good, in my opinion) sequel, it never got the third part to send off the character and give him the trilogy of films that us die-hard fans felt that he deserved. The reason I say it's 'strange' is because (like many, I guess) I never knew much about the film before watching it at the cinema. I didn't know it was based on a comic and merely saw the posters advertising the movie prior to its release. I knew that (the ever brilliant) Ron Perlman was in it and that was enough for me. The fact that much marketing material centred on a giant demon silhouette sporting a huge firearm was merely a bonus for an action/horror fan like myself. I watched it, really enjoyed it, and didn't think that much more of it. However, now I can see in these days of 'mega-franchises' why it didn't quite set the Box Office alight like it should. By its initial marketing, it looks like an outright horror film. However, it's actually a superhero film that borrows horror tropes, plus it was made before the superhero/MCU really took off. Nowadays, we're well used to rooting for our heroes after they've been granted some sort of special power enabling them to fight the forces of darkness, but most of them look like Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth, rather than a giant, ugly, red, semi-horned monster. I guess what I'm saying is that 'Hellboy' was destined to have a real 'niche audience.'However, if what I've already said intrigues you, I do recommend giving it a watch. First of all, it stars Ron Perlman as the titular anti-hero. Now, he's normally good in whatever he's in, but it's fair to say that he carries this film completely on his broad (red) shoulders. The other cast members, including John Hurt and Selma Blair, are good too, but it's Ron's show (although I should probably give a nod to Jeffrey Tambor as the long-suffering head of Hellboy's secret Government unit).There's not an awful lot to say about the plot. If you've seen one superhero movie (regardless of when it was released) then you can probably predict what will happen - evil megalomaniac wants to take over the world, hero has to put the brakes on that one. However, Hellboy does it slightly differently simply because of its general 'horror' look and feel. But - don't worry - it's not all Gothic darkness - there's plenty of top-notch action scenes, cheeky one-liners from our cigar-chomping, cat-petting red hero and special effects that look more on the 'practical' side, rather than an excessive use of CGI. It's worth mentioning the effects because Hellboy's make-up is particularly simple, yet flawless in bringing the character to life. He's pretty scary at the best of times and the only things more ugly are the beasties he's sent to despatch before they destroy the world (that clockwork assassin-Nazi still gives me the creeps!).Even though I stand by my belief that 'Hellboy' stands up today as it did when it was released, I know there's a reboot in the pipeline. I'll watch that too, simply because I like the way the film is done. However, I have my doubts that anyone can fill Ron's big red boots and whatever we'll get next (instead of the much desired third part in this franchise) will be nothing more than a studio trying to cash in on the superhero craze and going for an easy cash-grab.

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generationofswine
2004/04/08

It is a lot of fun, it has a sense of humor...it is flawed.Hellboy is one of those movies that seems to suffer from a lack of elaboration. There are elements in the films that are beyond interesting, things that we as an audience would like to see more of, things that we would like to know more about.Unfortunately the film never goes into it and that is possibly because there was never an intent to turn Hellboy into an out and out franchise. Because of that the mythology that the movie hints at is only given a lip service and it is done to move the plot along.It is a shame. It touches enough on it's own little mythology that it could have been an X-Files style franchise with a superhero.Instead of that you get an entertaining movie and really little more. The elements are there but they had to move along.What remains is a fun film with a good sense of humor, an action movie that took a bit of time to develop a few characters and make sure to give the others a real personality.It is not bad, but it is frustrating watching it, no matter how fun it is, because you know what could have been.

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adonis98-743-186503
2004/04/09

约麻聊城麻将A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness. I haven't read the comics and i won't try to become a smart ass but i don't get the hate for this film i mean 6.8 is very very low for a movie directed by Guillermo del Toro the director of Blade II, HellBoy 2 and Pacific Rim movies that i loved the thing is that even if you haven't read the comics Del Toro makes you care for Hellboy cause he presents him in a very sweet way he likes cats, he is in love with this beautiful girl and he is a likable and badass character where the movie fells short is with it's villains that although look scary and menacing they really aren't (especially this Ninja dude was pretty cool) but everyone dies so fast and it's truly disappointing also the CGI isn't as good looking as Pacific Rim for example but there's a big difference between 2004 and 2013 and i can get that but overall Hellboy is still a very well acted Comic Book film with good characters, great action and good humor that doesn't disappoint or make you get bored.

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