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The Current War (2017)



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THE CURRENT WAR tells the story of two powerful moguls battling over the supply of electricity in the late 1880s. Edison is on the verge of creating a marketable and sustainable electricity system for the first time in history, when Westinghouse notices a grand weakness in Edison's design and ignites a war of currents between these two rivals.


Benedict Cumberbatch
as Thomas Edison
Michael Shannon
as George Westinghouse
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A torpidly slow epic with a script that moves at the speed of light, the film is pockmarked with incidents that never cohere into a clear narrative.

September 12, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Apart from those nutty camera angles and lenses, which throw you out of the action, The Current War is absorbing ...

September 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The prevailing mood of The Current War is indifference; there's no point listing the crimes against the past committed by Michael Mitnick's dramatically inept script ...

September 11, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

What it can't do ... is generate even the slightest bit of interest in what happens to any of its characters.

September 10, 2017 | Full Review…

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 Company obviously had in mind.

September 10, 2017 | Full Review…

With a better screenplay with more emotionally appealing characters, The Current War could've been a hit.

April 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

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