The Current War

Opens Friday, November 22nd

The brilliant inventor, Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) engage in a battle of technology and ideas that will determine whose electrical system will power the new century. Westinghouse and Nicolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) see fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design and bet everything on the more risky option of alternating current. (PG-13, 108 mins)

“‘The Current War’ is even better than it has to be. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung give the film a swooping elegance, so that shots that start as close-ups gracefully glide into medium shots, and medium shots give way to vistas. The camera is always moving in a way that suggests grace and flow.” – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“With this ‘Director’s Cut,’ Gomez-Rejon and his editors have saved a witty, well-acted and gorgeous-looking movie and given it the heart, history and intellectual heft it needed to come off.” – Roger Moore, Movie Nation

“‘The Current War’ is a remarkable period piece, one that evokes the transition from the era of soot and gaslights to the electrical age.” – Richard Whittaker, The Austin Chronicle