Review of Things to Come (1936)

Moving picture, 100 minutes

Y’gotta have progress, baby! Though it includes a prediction about air power that prefigures nuclear weapons, this adaptation hasn’t aged well; it’s just another cheesy paleofuture. In particular, it includes both Verne’s space-launch cannon from “A Trip to the Moon” (1902) and an emphasis on chemical weapons like Last and First Men (1930), Under meteorernas trumeld (1932) and other 1930s SF. Chemical superweapons were the most destructive technology imaginable before the fission bomb, despite their weak effects in WW1.

References here: Black Crab (2022).

moving picture fiction