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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, who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla, 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.
Drama - This is a historical drama aimed at older adults. Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon will find plenty to enjoy here, but those of Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, and Nicholas Hoult may be disappointed by their much smaller roles. Some disturbing violence and subject matter make the film not for kids, who would not be interested anyhow.
Benedict Cumberbatch THE GRINCH, DOCTOR STRANGE, BLACK MASS Michael Shannon WHAT THEY HAD, 12 STRONG, THE SHAPE OF WATER Nicholas Hoult TOLKIEN, COLLIDE, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Director: Alfonson Gomez-Rejon ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average ...the material is flat (even though it's mostly accurate from an historical perspective) – and I say that as someone with a strong engineering background who would theoretically be "plugged into” this sort of story. The average viewer isn't going to care about the differences between Westinghouse's AC and Edison's DC.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Despite the star wattage on screen, the movie as a whole remains sadly dull. Cumberbatch and Shannon, who've made their names by taking chances with daring roles, are frustratingly hampered by a script that doesn't allow either of them nearly enough of an opportunity to shine.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average It's all mind-numbingly dull, and critics have exhausted every electrical pun known to man in saying that "Current War" "lacks spark."
Rolling StoneFull Review Below Average Delayed A-list drama about Edison and Westinghouse competing to bring electricity to the masses arrives in a ‘Director's Cut'—and is still slightly D.O.A. It's not a bad film, just a generically bland one.
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