“Things to Come” is a 1936 science fiction film directed by William Cameron Menzies and based on the novel “The Shape of Things to Come” by H.G. Wells.
The film is set in the future, beginning in the year 1940, where a global war has broken out and destroyed much of civilization. The film follows the story of John Cabal (Raymond Massey), a visionary scientist who believes that the only hope for humanity is to rebuild society from the ground up.
Over the course of the film, we see the development of new technologies and political systems as humanity rebuilds itself. We see the rise of a technocratic society called “Wings Over the World,” which seeks to unite the world under one government and eliminate war.
However, not everyone is happy with this new society, and a rebellion breaks out led by a man named Theotocopulos (Cedric Hardwicke). The conflict between the rebels and the Wings Over the World government becomes the focal point of the film’s final act.
“Things to Come” is a groundbreaking film for its time, featuring impressive special effects and a bold vision of the future. It explores complex themes such as the role of technology in society, the dangers of war and the importance of scientific progress. While the film’s pacing can be slow at times, its powerful message and stunning visuals make it a must-see for fans of science fiction and dystopian stories.
William Cameron Menzies
Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson