The Current War
- 1h 45min
- Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
- Cast: Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult
The tale of the 19th century battle to become the company that runs America’s electrical system, featuring mercurial showman Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch) and stolid engineer George Westinghouse (Shannon). Despite elegant cinematography and impressive set-pieces, it feels like an epic saga squashed into a tight canvas; a solid period drama that never quite comes to life.
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Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse - the greatest inventors of the industrial age - engage in a battle of technology and ideas that will determine whose electrical system will power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, sees fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design. Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current.
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The Current War22 Jul 2019
This superbly cast, electricity charged biopic feels like an epic saga abbreviated
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