Thursday, November 08, 2012
This film marks Guillermo del Toro’s directorial debut. An alchemist in 1500’s Vera Cruz created a device that could potentially give one eternal life. After an old building is demolished in 1937, the remains of this alchemist are found with a chunk of debris piercing his heart. His body had strange white flesh and the basement was filled with corpses being drained of their blood, a tidbit the authorities neglected to reveal to the public. Many years later, present time antique dealer Jesús Gris acquires an archangel statue. He discovers the ancient scarab looking Cronos device hidden in the hollow base of the statue. He winds up the gadget and a series of sharply pointed insectile legs unfurl and stab into his skin, he quickly removes the device but later notices that he’s feeling kind of good so he gives it another go. Meanwhile, a filthy rich mogul that is sick and dying who has been trying desperately to find the device tracks it to Jesús’ antique store. He sends his brutish nephew to retrieve the Cronos but Jesús is not ready to give it up for any price. From here it is not only a battle for ownership but Jesús wrestles with his own demons as his body begins to change and an insatiable lust for blood arises.