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Oct 25, 2019

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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.


  • Tom Holland
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Matthew Macfadyen
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Katherine Waterston
  • Tuppence Middleton
  • Michael Shannon
  • Damien Molony
  • Simon Kunz
  • Louis Ashbourne Serkis

Did You Know?


  • Jake Gyllenhaal was originally cast alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, however, Gyllenhaal dropped out and Michael Shannon was brought as a replacement.
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    • Samuel Insull: So, what's your trade?
    • Nikola Tesla: I fix problems for idiots.
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Jul 22, 2019

A stylish portrayal of a literal power struggle based on truly interesting historical figures and events. But it tries to take in too much in too little time, when all it needed was to centre on Edison and Westinghouse.

Metacritic review by Dan Jolin
Dan Jolin
Sep 14, 2017

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.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 14, 2017

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.

Metacritic review by Wendy Ide
Wendy Ide
Screen International