The Current War is named after the scandalous clash of minds in the US during the 1880s, between Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the business visionary George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), over who might give power to light up and at last power the nation – and change the world. What’s more, instead of the delight of revelation, it frets about the relentless intrigues that frequently pursue that ‘aha’ minute.
The film has had a troublesome history, opening to poor audits at the Toronto Film Festival two years back, just before the open disrespect of its maker Harvey Weinstein.
It’s at long last been cleaned off, with another alter by chief Alfonso Gomez-Rejon that shouldn’t be rejected inside and out.
With a canny content and pleasing cast, it’s an interesting, wonderfully planned film, which enlivens seemingly the most innovative decade ever, while thinking about the differing inspirations – sense of self, cash, charity, visionary impulse – that drive advance.
With the profound pockets of his sponsor JP Morgan (Matthew McFadyen), Edison feels that he’s in the driving seat for the presentation of this novel thing called power. In any case, along comes Westinghouse with a less expensive and increasingly productive arrangement, actually the AC to Edison’s DC. The cheerful agent needs to accomplice up; in addition to the fact that Edison refuses, on the way to their standoff at the Chicago World’s Fair he will utilize horrifying smear strategies trying to crush his opponent.
While Gomez-Rejon riotously utilizes a variety of traps – zooms, crane shots, bounce slices – to drive his story along, what he lethally neglects to invoke, until it’s past the point of no return, is simply the rush of innovation. In that sense, this comes up short on the sparkle that makes Cumberbatch’s Turing dramatization The Imitation Game unmistakably additionally convincing.