The Current War 15

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DIRECTOR Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
CAST Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Thomas Edison in this drama about the race in Victorian times to bring electricity to the world.

The dramatic story of the cutthroat race to determine which electrical system would light up the modern world features a fabulous cast. In the 1880s, Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) astonished the world by illuminating a section of Manhattan at night using his revolutionary electrical light – and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), whose business had been based on gas, resolved to challenge him with a different system. Would Edison win with DC, or Westinghouse with AC?
(2017 USA 108 mins)

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who has worked in TV and as second-unit to film-makers like Alejandro G Iñárritu, before making the 2015 feature Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, has now re-imagined the late 19th-century battle between electricity pioneers Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to establish their own dominant electrical system … This a watchably stylised period film, with interesting visual setpieces and faces looming up at us out of intricately contrived backgrounds.  Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

BBFC advice: Contains moderate bloody images and execution scenes
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