• The Current War: Director's Cut (2019)

The Current War: Director's Cut

Release Date: October 25th, 2019

PG-13 |1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary

Three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in The Current War, the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules. Directed by Alfonso GomezRejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) with Producer Timur Bekmambetov, Basil Iwanyk and Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, The Current War also stars Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen and Tuppence Middleton.

Cast: Katherine Waterston , Michael Shannon , Benedict Cumberbatch , Nicholas Hoult , Tuppence Middleton , Matthew Macfadyen , Tom Holland

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Genres: Biography , Drama , History

Production Co: Fourth Floor Productions,Bazelevs Production,The Weinstein Company,Film Rites,Lantern Entertainment

Distributors: 101 Studios

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    For all its aggressive energy, The Current War is an uninvolving bore, making it unlikely to measure up as the kind of Oscar-baity prestige entry The Weinstein Co. obviously had in mind. show more

  • 40
    Wendy IdeScreen International

    Extravagant camera moves, woozy fish-eye lenses and a full-on assault of CGI fail to give this story of warring inventors much in the way of a dramatic charge. show more

  • 60
    Dan JolinEmpire

    A stylish portrayal of a literal power struggle based on truly interesting historical figures and events. But it tries to take in too much in too little time, when all it needed was to centre on Edison and Westinghouse. show more

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