HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
American Fiction
Poor Things
Thunderclap
Zeiram
Legend of the Bat
Party Line
Night Fright
Pacha, Le
Kimi
Assemble Insert
Venus Tear Diamond, The
Promare
Beauty's Evil Roses, The
Free Guy
Huck and Tom's Mississippi Adventure
Rejuvenator, The
Who Fears the Devil?
Guignolo, Le
Batman, The
Land of Many Perfumes
Cat vs. Rat
Tom & Jerry: The Movie
Naked Violence
Joyeuses Pacques
Strangeness, The
How I Became a Superhero
Golden Nun
Incident at Phantom Hill
Winterhawk
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Maigret Sets a Trap
B.N.A.
Hell's Wind Staff, The
Topo Gigio and the Missile War
Battant, Le
Penguin Highway
Cazadore de Demonios
Snatchers
Imperial Swordsman
Foxtrap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Things to Come Victory Through Air Power
Year: 1936
Director: William Cameron Menzies
Stars: Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott, Cedric Hardwicke, Maurice Braddell, Sophie Stewart, Derrick De Marney, Ann Todd, Pearl Argyle, Kenneth Villiers, Ivan Brandt, Anne McLaren, Patricia Hilliard, Charles Carson
Genre: Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: It's Christmas in Everytown at the end of 1940, and the citizens are planning their festivities, yet there is disaster brewing. The newspaper headlines scream threats of war, and for businessman John Cabal (Raymond Massey) there can be no avoiding the coming conflict. His friend Passworthy (Edward Chapman) is not so convinced and claims that threats of war never come true, but when Christmas night arrives, they hear the sound of cannons and rush out into the street. There are searchlights crisscrossing the night sky, and the rumble of enemy aircraft: Cabal was right...

Funny how predictions of the future always say things will get worse before they can get better, and so it is with this adaptation of H.G. Wells' view of where the world was heading for the next hundred years. In fact, Wells had sweated over an adaptation himself for a couple of years without bearing much fruit, and eventually Lajos Biro had to be brought in to write a script that could be filmed, and the result did not impress the great writer. But you could have predicted that.

And yet, the film does capture Wells' didactic quality in its curious mix of pessimism and optimism. Much has been made of the accuracy of the date of the next world war, only one year out, but after the sequence of Everytown being bombed to near oblivion, peace does not arrive in 1945 and the war drags on. The special effects are impressive for their day, including a shot of a cinema destroyed, just to hit home to the audiences of the day the danger they faced - and look out for the man in the top hat angrily shaking his fist at the bombers before he is blown to Kingdom Come.

This film could well be seen as one of the original post-apocalypse movies, even if the situation does improve over the century depicted. The world is brought to its knees by the war, and even when it finishes sometime in the sixties there's little hope of a speedy recovery. Then the plague, the "Wandering Sickness" falls upon the population, like a twentieth century Black Death that kills half the people on the planet. One man takes drastic action to stop it spreading, the man who will soon be known as Boss (Ralph Richardson) when he takes over Everytown, or what's left of it. He is the closest thing the story has to a personification of villainy.

Boss has an isolationist view of his society but like all the major players in this also has a yen for flight. So what do you know? Who should emerge from the sky but Cabal, looking older but no less wise for all that, in his newfangled aeroplane. The whole notion of flight is what fuels progress in the film, as if getting away from the Earth is the only possible outcome of the advances of science. Boss doesn't take kindly to Cabal's appearance in his territory, setting up the events that lead to the final part of the tale in 2036 where the population of a technologically superior world, where war has ceased, are protesting about the march of progress, specifically the new space programme. Nothing can stop man's evolution is the message, once we learn to put aside petty differences, meaning an unexpectedly idealistic ending after all that doom and gloom. You still feel as though you're being lectured, but Things to Come - the most expensive British production to that time - looks undeniably impressive even if it doesn't sound it. Music by Arthur Bliss.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 5274 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
  Louise Hackett
Mark Le Surf-hall
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: