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Cronos Reviews

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½ June 12, 2015
A strange film which is hardly dark enough to be considered horror. I'm not sure if the multi-lingual mix really works here either, I don't really think it adds anything like it does in some films. You can see that Guillermo del Toro has imagination though and it's not surprising that he's ended up directing the Hobbit.
May 24, 2015
Guillermo del toro's debut Cronos is a scary yet thoughtful horror drama that succeeds at bringing the chills of a modern vampire flick and the necessary depth too.
½ May 23, 2015
Cronos is okay. But you kind of feel bad that this movie took 7 years to make for how simple it is.
½ April 6, 2015
Superb debut released as a total independent movie, which makes it even more impressive. Del Toro's pure vision of fantasy-fables always with a unique touch of the occult and mystic. Detailed to the teeth and a true beauty to watch.
½ March 31, 2015
A very unusual vampire movie.
½ March 14, 2015
Película bastante original con el sello distintivo de Del Toro pero que se le nota mucho el paso del tiempo.
January 14, 2015
A well made and well told horror type of film that showcases Del Toros interest in the bizzarre while not going to far or straying from the rules of great cinema. Most likely a cult classic amongst his followers and horror aficionados, Cronos feels secure about itself and the vampirism type of story it tells with its great and charming characters and moments that all feel perfectly paced and connected, giving the movie and overall great feeling of dread and mystery.
November 3, 2014
An elderly antique dealer in Mexico is harassed by thugs of a rich industrialist in search of an ancient mechanical device that seemingly grants eternal life. The old man accidentally activates the golden scarab granting him youth with unexpected consequences. Ron Perlman steals this movie playing the grumpy goon obsessed with rhinoplasty. Possibly the least sexual vampire movie made, the focus is more on eternal life and obsession with a dash of child-like wonder.
Set during Christmas in Mexico City, this film a wholly original and unfolds like a fairy tale with classical archetypes (elderly shopkeeper, evil rich man in dark tower) and gallows humor. There are enough layers of religiosity in the movie to call it a parable and enough heart, wit & charm to make it enjoyable on every level. Originally rated R but other than swearing in both English and Spanish this move is fine for ages 10 and up.
(Sidenote: the marketing randomly includes a hot blondes being attacked, which couldn't be further from the truth. Don't remember a single attractive woman on screen.)
September 17, 2014
Very nice and unusual vampire movie, a bit funnier than i expected
I watched it with my egyptian gold scarab
September 8, 2014
Another del Toro movie that left me feeling hollow. His films have good ideas and visuals and this one is no exception. It is a different take on vampires than the usual stuff you see. However, the characters are utterly lacking and the films have no real depth. I have given him many chances. This is the last of his films I will watch.
½ August 15, 2014
Without doubt the most spine tingling, skin crawling film I've seen in a long time. Possibly since Audition. I really wasn't expecting that level of horror, those little claws popping out the end of the devices legs and then the close up of them piercing his flesh had me squirming. Marvellously creepy in parts, it still had a very human heart to it, epitomising the film, the mechanical and the organic. The shot of Jesus on the bathroom floor licking the blood was a cold, beautiful, visceral, disgusting thrill.
Just a superb film, beautifully shot, expertly weighted, everything worked together perfectly. The only minor quibble I'd have with the film is that the reborn Jesus looked like a septugenarian Thriller extra. Nevertheless, my favourite Del Toro film
June 28, 2014
Well, Mr del Toro, sure we all make mistakes.
June 18, 2014
A unique take on the vampire horror subgenre that though it is odd, occasionally lacking, and just plain not scary, it is entertaining and interesting, partly due to Ron Pearlman.
June 17, 2014
Guillermo del Toro's first cinematic fairy tale is rich with the sort of details only a master of the form, and a savant of the fantastic, could dream up.
May 5, 2014
I truly regret not having seen this film until now! It is a remarkable film from a truly gifted writer and director!
May 2, 2014
Ron Perlman hams it up in this otherwise subdued tale of vampirism. The lead character is sympathetic as he struggles with his unfortunate transformation.
½ April 8, 2014
a good original horror movie.
½ March 14, 2014
"Something like this happens once in a lifetime."
Guillermo del Toro tornou-se um realizador aclamado em todo o mundo com a sua obra-prima O Labirinto do Fauno, que é um filme obrigatório para toda a gente ver.
A sua carreira cinematográfica, assumidamente mais inclinada para o género do fantástico e do terror, teve o seu começo na já longíqua década de 90, com este Cronos, uma espécie de fábula alegórica à nossa vontade de querer viver para sempre.
A história gira em torno de um dispositivo, criado por um alquimista medieval, capaz de conceder ao humano que o transportar uma vida eterna.
E é às mãos de um vendedor de antiguidades que o dispositivo chega, quando uma suspeita intrigante de um cliente recai sobre uma estátua aparentemente sem valor.
Sem o saber, o vendedor, agora portador de uma fonte de vida, colide com os desejos de outro homem que conhece toda a história do dispositivo Cronos, e que anseia desde sempre pela sua posse. O filme torna-se quase numa caça ao homem, mas a subtileza de del Toro incute ao filme algo mais para além das inócuas perseguições e acção despropositada. Cronos faz emergir aquelas dúvidas típicas que se criam aquando da questão: o que fazer sabendo que se vive para sempre?
Com uma componente didáctica e moral forte, a estreia na realização de del Toro é uma experiência misteriosa e gratificante, com alguns pontos menos positivos que facilmente se obliteram com a qualidade da narrativa e das interpretações (começa aqui também uma amizade de longa data entre o realizador e o não menos conhecido Ron Pearlam).
Recomendado a todos os fãs do realizador!
½ March 8, 2014
w/ C. Interesting flick. Slower but good characterization and intrigue with a fresh and real perspective on magical topics. Wouldn't think of it as a vampire tale.
February 21, 2014
Cronos is both, an intelligent and different vampire film.
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