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 Nikola 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 Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) with Producer Timur Bekmambetov, Basil Iwanyk and Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, The Current War also stars ...
The film originally premiered at numerous festival and was then shelved for 2 years until a re-edited version (titled "The Current War: The Director's Cut") was released theatrically in 2019 See more »
1. Don't bother if you don't have a good background understanding of the real life events and characters- the film offers you no introductions.
2. There are no scenes per se, just a montage of clips. You bounce from one clip to another, all smushed together without a coherent narrative or timeline.
3. Cumberbatch is yet again stereotyped as the brilliant and bizarre genuis hero of the film. With a bad American accent.
4. The directing and editing is just BIZARRE. Strange use of odd camera angles throughout the whole film, for no reason.
5. Fosters no emotional connection to any of the characters. No reason for the viewer to be invested in anyone.
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