Universal Pictures
Ana Paula Ayanegui
July 15, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, and John Hurt

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro

Rating: PG-13 (for action, violence, and language)

Grade: A-

It’s been a few years since we last saw Hellboy, and although the superhero still works at the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, now he has to sort out some relationship issues with his girlfriend Liz. As it turns out, she’s got some super powers too–namely to put out fires. So their domestic problem aren’t as simple as they might seem.

After an ancient truce between humankind Earth’s creatures comes to an end, hell’s creatures are released. The anarchist prince of the underworld, Nuada (Luke Goss), plans to awaken an army of killing machines, intended to annihilate the human race. Now only Hellboy can save the world.

After three years of preparation the Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) brings Hellboy back to the big screen, to continue to tell the story of the anti-hero with a huge heart and bad temper. And frankly, Del Toro was able to make a film with action scenes and special effects that once more leave audiences stunned. And this time around he also injects a lot more humor.

However it must be said that although the film is very funny, it lacks the intensity of his other films such as Pan’s Labyrinth or The Devil’s Backbone, but the film doesn’t pretend to be similar to the aforementioned. Perhaps what’s missing from Hellboy II: The Golden Army is the spirit the director’s more indie films, but the movie’s a good example what del Toro is capable of doing with other genres. In short, if you like action movies with great heart, then you don’t want to miss this summer hit.

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