We already know that Guillermo Del Toro is a master at creating dark worlds where fact and fiction are merged together (Hellboy, Pan’s Labrynth, etc.) so my anticipation for his feature directoral debut was pretty high. Even though vampire/undead flicks aren’t really my thing.
The film has a short prologue, explaining how one ancient alchemist creating a device granting eternal life. However, several years later, due to an accident that leaves his heart pierced, the device is lost until today. Then, elderly antique dealer, Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) comes across the device and accidentally uses it, leaving him feeling younger and fresher, but also thirsting for something. Also looking for the Cronos device is wealthy, and close to death, is De la Guardia (Claudio Brook) and his nephew Angel (Ron Pearlman). As the effects of the device get worse, De la Guardia get closer to getting his device. Who will end up with it?
The plot and the movie is very subdued. There isn’t any massive attack sequences, and even the fight scenes aren’t too long or even that violent (in comparison to other similar movies). This one is really unlike any other movie I had ever seen. From the half English/ half Spanish dialogue to the silent granddaughter, to the eery atmosphere, Cronos really does need to be seen to be understood. Words really cannot do it justice.