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Release Date: November 24th, 2017

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Holland, Matthew McFadyen, Conor MacNeill

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Genres: Biography, Historical drama

Production Co: Film Rites, The Weinstein Company, Thunder Road Pictures

Distributors: Weinstein Co.

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  • For all its aggressive energy, The Current War is an uninvolving bore, making it unlikely to measure up as the kind of Oscar-baity prestige entry The Weinstein Co. obviously had in mind. show more

  • Extravagant camera moves, woozy fish-eye lenses and a full-on assault of CGI fail to give this story of warring inventors much in the way of a dramatic charge. show more

  • This a watchably stylised period film, with interesting visual setpieces and faces looming up at us out of intricately contrived backgrounds. show more

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