1 hour, 50 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language.
DVD Features: Hellboy: In Service Of The Demon - Over Two Hours of an extensive, in-depth look at the creation of Hellboy II; ; Director's Notebook; Prodution Workshop Puppet Theatre; Image Galleries; ; Deleted Scenes with Optional Director's Commentary; Troll Market Tour with Director Guillermo del Toro; Feature commentary with Guillermo del Toro
Ron Perlman ... Hellboy
Selma Blair ... Liz Sherman
Doug Jones ... Abe Sapien / The Chamberlain / The Angel of Death
John Alexander ... Johann Kraus / Bethmoora Goblin
James Dodd ... Johann Kraus
Seth MacFarlane ... Johann Krauss (voice)
Luke Goss ... Prince Nuada
Anna Walton ... Princess Nuala
Jeffrey Tambor ... Tom Manning
John Hurt ... Professor 'Broom' Bruttenholm
If you missed the 2004 original, you'll quickly learn that the basic story is about a demon who was raised from infancy after being rescued from the Nazis. He grows up to become Hellboy (Ron Perlman "The Ice Pirates"), also known as Red, a defender against the forces of darkness. In the general fantastic mayhem that takes up the major part of the film, you won't get much character development outside of the love between Hellboy and Liz (Selma Blair "The Exorcist"), but this visually astounding film is really about a battle between good and evil.
In this sequel, Hellboy has allied himself with Tom Manning (Jeffrey Tambor "Pollock") who is with the secret organization known as the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, based in Trenton, New Jersey. The organization deals with supernatural enemies, and what seems to be causing the most recent problems with the forces of darkness are that a truce between humans and an underworld group led by Prince Nuada (Luke Goss "Blade II"). The Prince is intent on raising a Golden Army of giant warriors to lay claim to the Earth. Hellboy is determined to fight the bad guys with his fists, while the prince has the jump on him, literally, with his ability to turn eight somersaults in seven seconds and flip a sword or spear around his arm faster than the fastest high school cheerleader.
But, the prince's sister, Princess Nuada (Anna Walton "Vampire Diary") is a traitor to her brother's cause since she sides with the humans. She even hides a part of the prince's crown, which of course he recovers just in time to awaken the ferocious golden army. This leads to a climactic battle in Northern Ireland. It's Red vs. the Prince, and the army has vowed to follow the command of the winner.
This comic-book fantasy adventure, once again directed by Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labrynth") is loaded with spectacular special effects including hundred of cockroach-like creatures that devour everything in their path, a gorilla with antlers, an aquatic creature with a green head and goggles, and some faceless hordes from the golden army. It's all wildly entertaining, if inventive comic book adventures are what you're looking for.