In 1535, an alchemist builds an extraordinary mechanism encapsulated into a small golden device. The invention, designed to convey eternal life to its owner, survives its maker until 1997, when it shows up with an antiques dealer. Fascinated with the strange device, Gris (Luppi) doesn't note that there's more than one person looking for it. The promise of eternal life has become an obsession for old and sick Mr. De la Guardia (Brook). He and his nephew (Perlman) will do anything to get the Chronos Invention. Written by
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The two De La Guardia characters were deliberately intended to be somewhat unreal, like comic book characters. Del Toro explains in his commentary that he did this as a sort of revenge against Hollywood films that having Mexican characters that are rather stereotypical. See more »
When Jesús searches for Aurora after she has taken the Cronos, as he walks through two doors, he stops. Behind him, reflected in the glass of the door, is crew and equipment. See more »
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In 1536, fleeing from the Inquisition, the alchemist Uberto Fulcanelli disembarked in Veracruz, Mexico. Appointed official watchmaker to the Viceroy, Fulcanelli was determined to perfect an invention which would provide him with the key to eternal life. He was to name it... the Cronos device. 400 years later, one night in 1937, part of the vault in a building collapsed. Among the victims was a man of strange skin, the color of marble in moonlight. His chest mortally ...
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An antiques dealer finds a device that gives everlasting life, but with it comes a horrible price.
Cronos follows the story of a kind hearted Mexican antiques dealer Jesus (a well cast Frederico Luppi), who one day stumbles upon a huge golden mechanical bug that when applied to specific parts of his anatomy seemingly starts reversing the aging process. However lurking in the background are a demented man (played by a very haunting Claudio Brook) who realizes the potential of the mechanical bug's power and will stop at nothing to acquire it. Assisting him in his search to get the mechanism is his maniacal son Angel (Ron Perlman in one of his best performances).
Writer/Director Guillermo Del Toro proves that he could be one of the most innovative low budget mexican directors to come about since Robert Rodriguez. The scenes showing the inside of the cronos device are very sharply done and it seems you are actually looking inside the device. To compliment Guillermo on his writing, never before have I seen such an interesting spin put on the vampire/zombie genre. And in saying that I may be giving away too much of the plot.
Unfortunately due to low production cost, the movie moves along at a slow pace and without a lot of shock. It is, however, kept strong by first rate acting, especially by Jesus' little granddaughter (Tamara Shanath), who in my opinion, if given the chance, will grow up to be a very fine actress. Which is actually a great feat for all actors involved because this movie is a cross between drama and horror and requires fine acting.
All in all, this best picture winner at Cannes is a hidden horror gem that just pours out originality, and can really not be overlooked by any true horror or movie buff. The twists come aplenty and there is enough gore to suffice any horror fan. So for any person looking to rent a mindless gorefest rent C.H.U.D. But for those looking for a horror film with a little intelligence, do yourself a favour and pick up Cronos, it's well worth the rent.
Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
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