Hellboy is found during a raid on a Nazi operation near the end of the war. The Nazi's, with the aid of Rasputin (yes, The Rasputin from Russia) are trying to rig a contraption and open up a rift in a type of Hell and loose demons on Earth. The plot is foiled but the soldiers discover Hellboy. He is brought back and raised in secret by a kind of CIA organization.
Years later Rasputin is back with the aid of a zombie swordsman and a reptilian creature that has numerous lives. Rasputin's plan is to use Hellboy to continue the attempt at opening up the rift in the universe to Hell. Great action ensues.
Ron Perlman actually does a convincing job as Hellboy and look for John Hurt as Hellboy's mentor.
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In the ongoing deluge of comic-book adaptations, Hellboy ranks well above average. Having turned down an offer to helm Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in favor of bringing Hellboy's origin story to the big screen, the gifted Mexican director Guillermo del Toro compensates for the excesses of Blade II with a moodily effective, consistently entertaining action-packed fantasy, beginning in 1944 when the mad monk Rasputin--in cahoots with occult-buff Hitler and his Nazi thugs--opens a transdimensional portal through which a baby demon emerges, capable of destroying the world with his powers. Instead, the aptly named Hellboy is raised by the benevolent Prof. Bloom, founder of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, whose allied forces enlist the adult Hellboy (Ron Perlman, perfectly cast) to battle evil at every turn. While nursing a melancholy love for the comely firestarter Liz (Selma Blair), Hellboy files his demonic horns ("to fit in," says Bloom) and wreaks havoc on the bad guys. The action is occasionally routine (the movie suffers when compared to the similar X-Men blockbusters), but del Toro and Perlman have honored Mike Mignola's original Dark Horse comics with a lavish and loyal interpretation, retaining the amusing and sympathetic quirks of character that made the comic-book Hellboy a pop-culture original. He's red as a lobster, puffs stogies like Groucho Marx, and fights the good fight with a kind but troubled heart. What's ...