The Current War: Director's Cut

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Movie Info & Cast


Three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in The Current War, the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. Benedict Cumberbatch is 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 (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), 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. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) with Producer Timur Bekmambetov, Basil Iwanyk and Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, The Current War also stars Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen and Tuppence Middleton.


  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Michael Shannon
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Katherine Waterston
  • Tuppence Middleton
  • Tom Holland
  • Matthew Macfadyen
  • Conor MacNeill
  • Tom Fisher

Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

Great cast, but post-production seemed to have cut out like 10 years of history 😂 (1890-1900)

Ryan B
Verified Review

confusing, could have been better if things were explained better

Marvin K


Oct 30, 2019

The director’s cut of The Current War moves at a faster pace than the original, the characters are better fleshed out, and the drama is more focused where it needs to be. The new cut has elevated the film from mediocre to interesting.

Metacritic review by Andy Howell
Andy Howell
Film Threat
Oct 24, 2019

The Current War is a fascinating story, badly told.

Brian Lowry
Oct 23, 2019

It speaks the language of climbers everywhere, but in the process reduces its very real historical innovators to two peevish regional managers in a sniping session, a dry duel set in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Metacritic review by Dave White
Dave White