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:: Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Director Guillermo Del Toro, who also brought us Pan’s Labyrinth, had a lot to live up to with the big blockbuster film sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Unfortunately, Hellboy II does not live up to its great expectations, but it does have some fun along the way with some great characters.

The movie kicks off with an old man, who tells a bed time story to Hell Boy as a child. For those of you who have not seen the previous film, young Hell Boy is a strange looking monster with bright red skin and horns. The audience are then taken into the realms of the tale, which involve a very imaginative and complex plot line. To cut a very long story short, the baddie Prince Nuada has returned from exile to reunite the three pieces of his crown, which will then release the Golden Army and destroy the human race. Prince Nuada makes a big entrance back into society by completing a mass murder at the New York Auction House, with the release of ‘tooth-fairy’ creatures that feed on calcium.

Hellboy is then brought onto the scene. Nicknamed “Red,” he isn’t your normal everyday kind of hero, but he grows on you with his laid-back approach to saving human kind. He and his abnormal ‘team’ are part of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense and include the clever but vulnerable Abe Sapien and Red’s love interest fiery Liz. They take on the Prince Nuada case with the help of his twin sister, who wants to salvage the human race by keeping hold of the last piece of the crown.

The story may be predictable in the end, but Red saves the day with his attempts to gain a bit of ‘hero worship’ from the public – despite the fact he is suppose to be part of an ultra-secret government organisation. He is rude, often gets drunk and has a tendency to lose his temper. Over the top of the dramatic visually spectacular fighting scenes in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, it is Red’s charming character that makes the movie.