Blu-ray | Drama | 19 Aug 2020
Blu-ray | Drama | 19 Aug 2020
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Inspired by True Events
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, The Current War is the story of the rivalry between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, has seen fatal flaws in Edisons direct current design. Igniting the infamous war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current. Directed by Alfonso Gomez?Rejon and written by playwright Michael Mitnick, THE CURRENT WAR also stars Katherine Waterston, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tuppence Middleton.
Review of The Current War by Christopher Pattison
‘The Current War’ is a biopic that has been stuck in Limbo for quite some time. Initially filmed back in 2016, ‘The Current War’ was lost in the shuffle being shelved for a number of years, with talented cats and filmmakers behind the project, audiences have been lucky enough to finally get the chance to see this one. ‘The Current War’ tells the tale of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (played by Michael Shannon) to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon ('Me and Earl and The Dying Girl') and with an impressive cast, re-telling a pivotal moment in our modern history, I was excited to see this film. So how was ‘the Current War’?
‘The Current War’ benefits from mesmerising performances from its two leads in Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse. Both actors here really give it their all, disappearing into these two icons of modern science, pioneering the way for electricity through their inventions. This film deals heavily with their rivalry, showing how cutthroat the industry was and how important it was for both men to one-up and out-do each other in this type of environment. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla and Tom Holland as Samuel Insull, both actors giving great performances to round-out this already impressive cast. The film never shies away from the gritty details of this rivalry, showcasing the behaviour of both men as despicable in some respects, highlighting the competitive, human nature of what both were trying to accomplish. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon emphasises the characters above all. These characters are the main focus of this story, and Rejon realises this emphasising who these characters are, deeply analysing their personal lives, their professional lives and their rivalry and how they are all intertwined. This film will play well on repeat viewings, straight after watching this I wanted to research the true story of the Edison and Westinghouse feud and was surprised to see exactly how much research had gone into the making of this film.
‘The Current War’ was a fun and unexpected biopic. With compelling performances, a truly authentic story and a compelling rivalry. ‘The Current War’ is not for everyone, but for those who are a fan of a compelling true story, filled with rich history and mesmerising performances from its talented cast, then this one is worth checking out. ‘The Current War’ was well-worth the wait and I am giving it a 7/10. Pick this one up on DVD and Blu-Ray today!
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Title: Current War, The
Release Date: 19 Aug 2020
Actor(s): Benedict Cumberbatch, Oliver Powell, Katherine Waterston, Nancy Crane, Liza Ross, Tim Steed, Michael Shannon, David Morley Hale, Amy Marston, Robert Jezek, Abigail Johns, Tom Bell, Giles Terera, Samuel Dutton, Stanley Townsend
Catalogue No: R-128956-8
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
OFLC Rating: CTC
Run Time: 108
Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen, Full Height Anamorphic, 1080P HD
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: Dolby Digital
Language: English, Dolby Digital
Region Code: B
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Director(s): Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Genre: Drama, Biography, History