Cronos is another great movie coming to us from Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy). CronosIt is interesting to see this type of movie coming from Mexico and not only coming, Cronos was their submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards. Perfectly balancing horror and drama, it showcased del Toro as very talented director with a bright future. Story is very interesting, in 1535 an alchemist built a device (it looks like a golden spider) that can enable its possessor to be immortal. As always there is a catch to this great gift, and if you see the movie you will find out what is it.

Centuries later, the statue of an archangel ends up in an old antique shop, and the owner accidentally finds the device sought by an dying millionaire. Will he succumb to the temptation and survive or will he refuse the gift? Great directing and acting, only Ron Perlman overacted a bit, but since the director loves him so much I guess we can forgive him. First thing you will notice when watching Cronos is attention to detail. Everything looks so real and tangible, like we are secretly watching real people and places. Camera-work was also phenomenal, floating in the hazy atmosphere. However, all this resulted in somewhat slower pacing, so be prepared for that. In the end, if you can’t get enough of small devices that can be dangerous, you already know that your next movie is Hellraiser.

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel, Tamara Shanath

Fun Facts: Guillermo del Toro met with Universal in late ’93, where they told him they wanted to buy the rights to this film so they could remake it. del Toro’s response was “Who wants to see Jack Lemmon lick blood off a bathroom floor?”.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104029/

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