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The Current War

  • Drama
  • History
  • 2018
  • Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • 103 mins
  • 12A

Summary

The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas A. Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The race for the electrification of the United States in the late 19th century is the focus of this historical drama, as rivals battle for superiority. Benedict Cumberbatch brings his usual intensity to noted inventor Thomas Edison, who's promoting the low-voltage direct current method. He's up against the imposing figure of Michael Shannon as business magnate George Westinghouse, who claims his high-voltage alternating current approach can deliver power over longer distances. To be fair, the film doesn't pick favourites, and there's egotism and greed on both sides, rather than an obvious set of heroes and villains. But without any one man to root for, the results prove intriguing rather than utterly compelling. The Current War scores with its charismatic leads and exquisite period production design, but there remains an abiding sense that the screenplay doesn't quite get the most out of this fascinating period in America's industrial history.

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Credits

Cast

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Thomas Alva EdisonBenedict Cumberbatch
George WestinghouseMichael Shannon
Nikola TeslaNicholas Hoult
Marguerite WestinghouseKatherine Waterston
Samuel InsullTom Holland (2)
JP MorganMatthew Macfadyen
Mary EdisonTuppence Middleton
Franklin PopeStanley Townsend
Bourke CockranDamien Molony

Crew

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DirectorAlfonso Gomez-Rejon

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2019-07-26
Languages
English | Spanish
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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