April 2, 2004
||Not Yet Rated
||Comic Book Adaptation
||BFP, giant sword, flaming hand,
Fist of Doom, tentacles, switch-swords, rifle, spikes.
||No, but text-over
|"In a world where..."
"There is a secret agency..."
||45% (Comic book adaptation, mutants)
Hollywood loves to take a successful idea and beat it into the ground until
even the most ardent admirers are disgusted. The recent trend has been for
movies based on comic books. We are not at the disgusted threshold yet, but
with recent stinkers like LXG and Daredevil we are getting there fast.
Hellboy is the latest entrant in this genre. Surprisingly, this
one could be good.
The background information on Hellboy could be pieced together from
the clues in the trailer, but there are some better resources on
the web for that. The official site is a the place to start, then
check out some of the e-comics on the Dark
Hellboy is a demon that was spawned by the Nazis to help destroy
the world, but before they could use him for evil he was rescued
by the Allies. Now, he fights for the forces of good. He became part
of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense which refreshingly
does not have a cute acronym. In the trailer he is joined by Abe
Sapien, an amphibious, fish-man with encyclopedic knowledge and Liz
Sherman, a pyrokinetic hottie.
I'm Hellboy, meet Mr. Gun
Sure, mutants shunned by society, led by an aging professor and
fighting evil sounds much like X-Men, but Hellboy looks like it has
good villains, a decent story line and it is not saddled with a first
time director. They did a fine job with the trailer.
The trailer consists mostly of introductions of the heroes and villains,
then several action sequences. They did a great job with Hellboy.
He looks cool, not cartoonish like the Hulk did. I like his Fist
of Doom and his attitude.
Abe Sapien says, “If there’s trouble, all us freaks
have is each other,” of course with the spread of freaks and
mutants in movies these days they probably would outnumber normal
people, so he does not have that much to worry about.
another brick in the wall.
Conclusion on trailer: It is another comic book that you probably
have never heard of turned into a movie. This trailer is well made.
You’ve got a hero with an attitude who looks cool. You’ve
got some evil looking villains. This trailer is one to see.
Conclusion on movie: I hesitate recommending another comic book
based movie, but this one doesn’t throw up as many red flags
as the others. There’s no Ben Affleck or Colin Farrell anywhere
near it, and it wasn’t made by a rookie director. This has
the trappings of a sleeper hit. Worth a visit to the local theater.
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