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The Current War: Director's Cut (2019)

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Critic Consensus: If it lacks the powerful voltage that its impressive cast suggests, The Current War: Director's Cut represents a significant improvement over previous versions.

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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.

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Benedict Cumberbatch
as Thomas Edison
Katherine Waterston
as Marguerite Westinghouse
Michael Shannon
as George Westinghouse
Nicholas Hoult
as Nikola Tesla
Tom Holland (II)
as Samuel Insull
Damien Molony
as Bourke Cockran
Emma Davies
as Dorothy Brookes
Craig Conway
as Warden Durston
Simon Kunz
as Womack
Celyn Jones
as Sherman Quincy
Woody Norman
as Dash Edison
Amy Marston
as Annabelle Worthington
Ekow Quartey
as Journalist 1
Colin Stinton
as Daniel Burnham
Simon Lowe
as Mr. Cannon
Conor MacNeill
as William Kemmler
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Ultimately, the film sheds light on a fascinating episode in American history; it falls short, however, of being really electric.

November 3, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

What I think really makes this film special is that it gives more of a role to Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse and talking about the financial risks that both of these men were taking. It kind of sets up the world we see today.

October 28, 2019 | Full Review…

A movie about its making would be compelling, dynamic and a livewire rush. The thing itself is a dead end.

October 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The Current War: The Director's Cut is visually lucid but thematically scattershot.

October 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Even the likes of Thomas Edison would have to go back to the lab and do some tinkering to make this one shine.

October 25, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's all a lot of effort for very little output, sadly. The Current War has lots of flashy lights and whizzy features, but it remains fatally underpowered.

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

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