The Current War

ONLY ONE COULD POWER THE WORLD.

In the 1880s, inventors and businessmen Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse (Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon) are competing over who will get to power America and with which electric current. The infamous ”war of the currents” was depicted with elegance and passion in screenwriter Graham Moore’s novel ”The Last Days of Night”. We get none of that in this movie. The film fails to introduce us properly to the main characters, to make the drama come alive and to show just how this power struggle changed people’s lives. Talky and uninvolving.

2019-U.S. 108 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch (Thomas Edison), Michael Shannon (George Westinghouse), Nicholas Hoult (Nikola Tesla), Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Simon Manyonda.

Trivia: Co-produced by Timur Bekmambetov; co-executive produced by Cumberbatch, Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian. Filmed in 2016, but pulled from release in 2017 because of the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein who was releasing the film through his company. Jake Gyllenhaal was reportedly cast in a role at first, but dropped out.

 

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