The World to Come by Alexandre Dumas was a movie I saw a while back. It seemed interesting at the time and I'm not even sure why I put it on a list of the year's best movies. Maybe I have since changed my mind, but right now the World to Come sits comfortably on the shelf, collecting dust. That's okay though, seeing as this is one of the most unique and interesting films I have seen all year, I won't worry too much about its fate.
The movie starts out with an explanation of what happens between the Earth and the sun as the movie progresses. This is told through some narration, which never stops. The narration explains that humans lived on the surface of the earth before the Sun came up, millions of years ago. Humans then developed into their modern form, thanks to the development of agriculture and the gradual rise of technology.
So, things are looking good for humanity for a while, until the Sun disappears. Exactly how long the Earth will go without another Sun is never explained, but since it happens in the movie, I guess we'll just have to make do and hope that life continues. Of course, things don't go well, as the Earth is invaded by an entity which looks like an asteroid, but it is too big to be an asteroid and it vaporizes everything in its path. Only the life-bearing rock on the top of the ocean can survive and so does a giant space ship. The crew of the ship are unharmed thanks to some timely assistance from the resistance group, led by Christian Grey. He rescues them and they travel to the planetarium, where Grey decides he will give up his fight to live and work on the space ship.
We enter the future of the movie at the start of the 20th century. Life is pretty boring as the Earth becomes overcrowded and damaged. The reason for this is that mankind has failed to harness the full potential of their new found technology and so they end up destroying the planet instead. There are only two options to choose from, either build more space shuttles to visit other worlds or to start mining the asteroid's precious resources. Both options are equally terrible and neither can guarantee the success of the mission.
The movie is quite disturbing and even educational at times because of the way movies have to present information to the audience. For example, you would never believe how many explosions there are in this movie! There is plenty of blood shed and guts spilled but never gore. It is perfectly appropriate for this type of movie and even educational for the purpose of teaching us about the repercussions of war and killing. The ultimate mission of the movie is to inspire people and make them change their ways of thinking. Some people who watch this movie may not like the message, but it is worth seeing just to see what kind of impact it has.
The World To Come was not a huge box office hit, but it did have one big thing going for it: director George C. Scott. He made a great movie, that has very little potential for any other type of movie, and he made it with an original plot and story. The World To Come is definitely a film you should not miss. It just makes you think.