Cronos is a unique blending of various genres; in part it's a thriller as Jesús attempts to keep the device secret while being hunted by Dieter’s nephew Angel. At the same time, the film displays a variety of elements out of classic horror films, including vampirism, and fantastic gross-out effects from Jesús’ body as well as what exactly is inside the Cronos device. Yet through it all, it maintains a quirky sense of humor that keeps the film from feeling too much like one or the other. It’s this well-used humor that never feels out of place that makes this film particularly worth watching. In one minute you might be seriously disturbed, while in the next you might find yourself chuckling. Beneath all this too, is a religious undertone that's apart of the Latin culture.
|Ron Perlman as Angel|
Cronos is a visually striking film with highly stylized scenes and color direction. Take for instance, the inside of the Cronos device: it’s like a golden clock tower packed with cranking gears and housing a disgusting larva-like insect. It’s a bizarre contrast that perfectly captures the dual-edge factor of the immortality that the device dispenses. The make-up in this film is another aspect worth mentioning. It has basically become a part of what Guillermo del Toro is known for, but here it's again very believable and gross. Without revealing too much, watching Jesús peel away his own skin to find another white layer underneath is pretty shiver-inducing. The film has very good pacing and runs only about an hour and a half, but it wraps everything up nicely and doesn’t feel too short. It’s an entertaining twist on a vampire story about the price of immortality and whether or not it’s worth having if you are no longer human.