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The Current War (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Current War is powered by an outstanding cast and an intriguing, history-inspired story, which makes this drama's low wattage all the more shocking.

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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.


Benedict Cumberbatch
as Thomas Edison
Michael Shannon
as George Westinghouse
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Critic Reviews for The Current War

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (12)

The Current War seems to have suffered from its tumultuous production history. Or, just maybe, it was always destined to be this ungainly.

August 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5

The film's release was duly paused and in the two years since there have been reshoots, five new scenes added and ten minutes cut from the original Toronto version. It's still a dirge. It's flat and repetitive.

July 26, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Given the subject matter, it's a disappointingly unstimulating affair.

July 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

So now the film deserves to be considered in its own right, all taint removed. And? It's still a turkey.

July 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The Current War heaves itself around... but still fails to illuminate its subject at all well - squinting at footnotes, and weirdly failing to see the wood for the trees.

July 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The script is prolix. The science is sometimes opaque. And Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's film is dressed to kill, though the only murder victim is the movie.

July 24, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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