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The Current War: Director's Cut

The Current War: Director's Cut
The Current War: Director's Cut
The Current War: Director's Cut
  • PG-13
  • 1h 42m
  • 2019
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The Current War: Director's Cut is 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 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, 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.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: If it lacks the powerful voltage that its impressive cast suggests, The Current War: Director's Cut represents a significant improvement over previous versions.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Drama shines light on dark actions; electrocution, smoking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Current War: Director's Cut is a historical drama about Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse's fierce competition to develop the electrical system that would power the world. Casting actors associated with superheroes -- Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Michael Shannon (Superman nemesis General Zod), and Nicholas Hoult (Beast from X-Men) -- may get kids' attention. But this film focuses less on the bright minds and more on the dark sides of two great American inventors, particularly the legendary Edison. He's shown to be rude, petty, arrogant, and willing to stop at nothing -- including electrocuting animals -- to best his opponent. The creation of the electric chair also takes up a lot of screen time; there's discussion of a horrific execution, as well as an accidental death, a shooting, and someone shown covered in blood. While the movie may inspire discussion about business ethics (and characters do demonstrate both curiosity and perseverance), it's not as inspirational as parents might hope when it comes to spurring kids to make their own creations a reality. Rather, by turning a big hero into a small man, it may be a deterrent. Edison smokes cigars throughout and has a temper. Strong language includes "goddamn," and there's some kissing/affection between a married couple.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 17, 2020
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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