Things to Come Reviews
This film predicts the future and gets it right! For that, it should be viewed within the context of the era, not in the present time as it would not hold up. This may be credited to the genius of H.G. Wells rather than the film's producers.
Raymond Massey's performance is very strongly acted as it would be for the stage rather than cinema. As a Canadian, his accent is an example of the cross of American and British you could expect in the 1930s from a Commonwealth nation.
The film ambitiously covers 100 years of humanity at war. The war is hypothetical and fictitious, beginning in 1940. However, it is a stark reminder of how such hatred between nations can fester for several generations and how technology evolves and provides advantage to those in possession.
Richardson & Scott get the only parts that properly come alive. The other actors (& the most of the cinematography) come across a bit wooden, yet still have some great moments. Massey seems born to play his roles - a shame he wasn't allowed to interpret his characters the way he wanted.
If you were to extrapolate on the major philosophies espoused by Wells in this film, you might find it shares a common vision of humanity with Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Flash Gordon, or even Logan's Run: Humankind can better itself by creating a transparent government which supports peaceful exploration of science - once war-mongering is left behind.
The main focus of the film features a war breaking out in 1940 that decimates the town of "Everytown". Along with the help of a new sickness that compares the the black plague, much of mankind is lost. Later, Mankind evolves and survives but not without the presence of a new outsider species which of course is welcoming future war and conflict as with what is inherent in mankind.