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The Current War (2017)

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

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Credited cast:
Tom Holland ... Samuel Insull
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Thomas Edison
Matthew Macfadyen ... J.P. Morgan
Nicholas Hoult ... Nikola Tesla
Katherine Waterston ... Marguerite Westinghouse
Tuppence Middleton ... Mary Edison
Michael Shannon ... George Westinghouse
Damien Molony ... Bourke Cockran
Simon Kunz ... Womack
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Older Dash
Craig Conway ... Warden Durston
Woody Norman ... Dash Edison
Emma Davies ... Dorothy Brookes
Amy Marston ... Annabelle Worthington
Ekow Quartey ... Journalist 1
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Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, THE CURRENT WAR is the epic story of the cutthroat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, has seen fatal flaws in Edison's direct current design. Igniting a war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and written by playwright Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of our Parents), THE CURRENT WAR also stars Katherine Waterston, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tuppence Middleton.

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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing/violent images, and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una guerra brillante See more »

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Trivia

Louis Ashbourne Serkis, who has a small role in this film, is the son of Andy Serkis, who played Tesla's assistant in The Prestige (2006). See more »

Quotes

Samuel Insull: So, what's your trade?
Nikola Tesla: I fix problems for idiots.
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I wanted to leave
18 July 2019 | by hxraeSee all my reviews

I saw this in a free preview and if I wasn't with my family I would've walked out.

The story went all over the place, from person to person, year to year, with sporadic editing that lacked any character depth. Considering it's a film about the invention of electricity, they could've experimented a bit more with the lighting. It could've been a good story, it was just badly told. I kept zoning out. And why does Benedict Cumberbatch keep being casted in American roles when his accent is so blatently terrible?

Please don't waste your money on this.


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