Things to Come

Director: William Cameron Menzies
Year Released: 1936
Rating: 2.0

Dated sci-fi film with a screenplay by H.G. Wells (based on his book) about his unique vision of 'the future': a string of wars and inevitable scientific progress (we got to the moon a lot sooner than he thought we would). A curio for those with a taste for set design and visual trickery long before ILM and Silicon Graphics machines and most certainly influential in its own genre, but the script is a series of long philosophical rants about technology and the performers are permitted to ham up their lines (a normally reserved Ralph Richardson pulls an 'Olivier' years before L.O. perfected the art).