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  • 3.5
Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious and audacious feature debut with CRONOS, a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Kindly antiques dealer Jesús Gris happens upon an ancient golden device in the shape of a scarab, and soon finds himself the possessor and victim of its sinister, addictive powers, as well as the target of a mysterious American named Angel (a delightfully crude and deranged Ron Perlman). Featuring marvelous special makeup effects and the haunting imagery for which del Toro has become world-renowned, CRONOS is a dark, visually rich, and emotionally captivating fantasy.

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Spirituality and technology are not separate forces as commonly thought, but in fact inseparable.

Two characters in Cronos know the key to conquer death: a mechanism invented during the renaissance that operates as a symbiotic relationship between an insect and machine (shown beautifully as an abstract wish mash of gears and flesh).

The link between religion and technology is relevant in other places throughout the film: The protagonist is named "Jesus", and relies on a machine for continuous resurrection. The Cronos device is hidden in an arch-angel. As blatant as these references are, I love them. It shows the early gears of Del-Toro's brain spinning.

There is another symbiotic relationship in Cronos, and that is the relationship between the man and the machine. In order for both to survive, they must feed off of one another. Once linked, when one dies, the other goes with it. Symbiotic relationships are a reoccurring theme in del Toro's movies.. such as the aviators and the mechs in Pacific Rim.

The body as a shell that can be re-created is another strong theme in Cronos. Each of the male leads is driven by a desire to change his body. Even the young Ron Perlman is looking for a nose-job.

Cronos is great old-school horror and a delight to watch in retrospect to del Toro's career.

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Spirituality and technology are not separate forces as commonly thought, but in fact inseparable.

Two characters in Cronos know the key to conquer death: a mechanism invented during the renaissance that operates as a symbiotic relationship between an insect and machine (shown beautifully as an abstract wish mash of gears and flesh).

The link between religion and technology is relevant in other places throughout the film: The protagonist is named "Jesus", and relies on a machine for continuous resurrection. The Cronos device is hidden in an arch-angel. As blatant as these references are, I love them. It shows the early gears of Del-Toro's brain spinning.

There is another symbiotic relationship in Cronos, and that is the relationship between the man and the machine. In order for both to survive, they must feed off of one another. Once linked, when one dies, the other goes with it. Symbiotic relationships are a reoccurring theme in del Toro's movies.. such as the aviators and the mechs in Pacific Rim.

The body as a shell that can be re-created is another strong theme in Cronos. Each of the male leads is driven by a desire to change his body. Even the young Ron Perlman is looking for a nose-job.

Cronos is great old-school horror and a delight to watch in retrospect to del Toro's career.

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Well acted!

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Boring, ugly, and clunky. No interesting characters. No interesting scenes. A few moments of unexpected play with mythos and genre caveats. That's it. Definitely not my flavor. Was hard to even stay awake. If I ever hear Ron Perlman say another thing about rhinoplasty again, in any context, within or outside of a movie, I will kill myself.