Combining a surreal and distinctive take on the classic vampire yarn with an allegory about US/Mexican relations, Cronos concerns elderly antique dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi) who, with his eight-year-old granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath), discovers an ancient artifact that once belonged to a 16th-century alchemist. Unbeknownst to Gris, the device - which resembles an ornate mechanical beetle - houses an immortal parasite that will grant eternal life to its host. The cost? An extreme aversion to daylight and an agonising thirst for human blood. Hot on the trail of the device is a dying millionaire (Claudio Brook) and his brutish nephew (Ron Perlman).
Cronos - Skillfully made, a challenge to watch
- Cronos review by CS
Starring Ron Perlman aka Hellboy, this is an early and slightly experimental outing for both Perlman and Director Del Torro. Well Directed and Produced, but much less commercial than his later films and slightly surreal at times. Perlman looks really young and fresh in this. Strictly for die hard fans of Del Torro and surrealism. For those with hearing loss like myself In the advert it clearly states the language to be Spanish and the subtitles to be English. So you think the entire film is in Spanish with English translation subtitles, but this is not the case. When watching the film half the dialogue is in Spanish and the other half is in American English. So when you put the subtitles on, you only get English subtitles for the Spanish spoken words, there are no subtitles for the spoken American English parts. Which is a real problem for those like myself, who are deaf. The subtitles are there solely as translation for those hearing people who do not speak Spanish. There are no subtitles for those with hearing loss. I feel that this should be made clear on films like this, as I and many others with hearing loss will only rent films with full subtitles, otherwise we may as well watch a silent movie! So whilst the film itself was good, I was very disappointed that there were no subtitles for the English spoken dialogue. One main character speaks only in Spanish, whilst the other main character speaks only in American English, both at the same time to each other, so it gets really confusing without full subtitles. Whilst I can heartily recommend Del Torro's later films such as 'Labyrinth', 'The Devils Backbone' and of course 'Hell Boy', this is much more of a challenge to watch and less accessible than his other films.