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The Current War

  • 26-06-2019 10:59am
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    Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.
    funny most of the trailer clips have Tom Holland as the thumbnail also staring, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult



    been waiting for this, it was supposed to be released in 2017 nut it was delayed because it was a Weinstein film and they wanted to detach it from him


    reviews from that time https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_current_war

    its out in cinema's here 26th July http://www.ifco.ie/en/ifco/pages/BD6AAD5E002F1A8E


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  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,702 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Man, Cumberbatch has one American accent and I hate it; sounds like Hugh Laurie's generic mid-Atlantic drawl.

    As to the film, should be an interesting one for the historical buffs to pick apart: what little I've read on the matter, a lot of narratives portray Eddison as a vicious huckster, one who doesn't deserve the legacy he has; while the naivity typical of 'pure' scientists in Tesla left him second best and ultimately dying penniless.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,531 ✭✭✭ cdgalwegian


    pixelburp wrote: »
    As to the film, should be an interesting one for the historical buffs to pick apart: what little I've read on the matter, a lot of narratives portray Eddison as a vicious huckster, one who doesn't deserve the legacy he has; while the naivity typical of 'pure' scientists in Tesla left him second best and ultimately dying penniless.

    The story is quite interesting, and with a cast like that, definitely one for the calendar.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    The story is quite interesting, and with a cast like that, definitely one for the calendar.
    read the reviews, most say its a boring filmhttps://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_current_war


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,531 ✭✭✭ cdgalwegian


    read the reviews, most say its a boring filmhttps://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_current_war
    :eek: Pretty dire alright.
    The director's filmography reviews as a whole are wildly erratic. Looks like this one's another bad one. Pity.
    I might still watch it as I do find the subject matter very interesting.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Regional Abroad Moderators Posts: 10,601 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Fysh


    :eek: Pretty dire alright.
    The director's filmography reviews as a whole are wildly erratic. Looks like this one's another bad one. Pity.
    I might still watch it as I do find the subject matter very interesting.

    I was interested in the film when I read of the premise, but I'm not really interested in watching something that lionises a man who was mainly an exploitative, Olympic-level arsehole.

    This Oatmeal strip has a good rundown on why Tesla is a forefather of modern technology who deserves to be remembered, and why Edison was a nob who deserves, at best, the memorial equivalent of a kick in the ballbag. IMO, of course :D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,253 ✭✭✭✭ branie2


    looks electrifying :p


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,531 ✭✭✭ cdgalwegian


    branie2 wrote: »
    looks electrifying :p
    That's a shocking attitude.😨:P


  • Registered Users Posts: 38,249 ✭✭✭✭ Guy:Incognito


    Fysh wrote: »
    I was interested in the film when I read of the premise, but I'm not really interested in watching something that lionises a man who was mainly an exploitative, Olympic-level arsehole.

    This Oatmeal strip has a good rundown on why Tesla is a forefather of modern technology who deserves to be remembered, and why Edison was a nob who deserves, at best, the memorial equivalent of a kick in the ballbag. IMO, of course :D

    Well, I dont see anyone driving around in Edison cars so score 1 for the positive use of the name and legacy of Nikola ensuring he's better remembered.

    Though how many people know where the name is from these days is debatable. Bloody kids.:)


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 4,850 ✭✭✭ Stop moaning ffs


    I love all things Tesla and this looks amazing. Not sure about Hoult but let’s see.



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,735 ✭✭✭✭ AMKC


    So did anyone go see this. Were the reviews right? Its sad that Tesla was not recognized more for what he done and that Edison seemed to get all the fame.


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 4,850 ✭✭✭ Stop moaning ffs


    AMKC wrote: »
    So did anyone go see this. Were the reviews right? Its sad that Tesla was not recognized more for what he done and that Edison seemed to get all the fame.


    There’s an episode all about Tesla and what they did to him and how they pretty much robbed Him of all his ideas and his mysterious death on the conspiracy guys podcast. It’s a fascinating listen.

    Cant wait to see this


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,447 ✭✭✭✭ expectationlost


    AMKC wrote: »
    So did anyone go see this. Were the reviews right? Its sad that Tesla was not recognized more for what he done and that Edison seemed to get all the fame.
    its already gone from my local cinema, only a couple of showings in dublin today


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,863 ✭✭✭ mikhail


    AMKC wrote: »
    So did anyone go see this. Were the reviews right? Its sad that Tesla was not recognized more for what he done and that Edison seemed to get all the fame.
    It's largely framed as Edison vs Westinghouse. They're fighting for city contracts across America. Technologically, Westinghouse's AC supplies are cheaper, but they hadn't invented an AC motor yet, so it wasn't possible to power factories with it. The film does explain all that, but it is more interested in the two personalities, the stresses on them, and the ethical boundaries they'll cross to win.

    Tesla is a relatively minor character.

    I found the film engrossing, but then I am an engineer. It's not especially fast-moving, but it never grinds to a halt either, and if the subject matter sounds at all interesting I recommend it.


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