1936 ***1/2 97 mins.
Taken from a novel by H.G. Wells, Things to Come begins briliantly, but throughout its hour and a half, it begins to dwindle in power, as its message becomes unclear, and it plays out as merely H.G. Wells showing his contempt for Fritz Lang's Metropolis. The world is on the brink of war, and once the war hits, it rages for decades. While small towns are struggling with their wreckage and selfish governments, a technologically advanced culture, based on the betterment of the human race, begins taking over. By the end of the film, it's 100 years in the future (as seen from 1936), and the technologically advanced culture is despised by the people. It begins as a brilliant political and humanist drama, and ends up being cheap science fiction camp. I must admit that I had higher hopes for this film.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Based on a Novel by
William Cameron Menzies