(2020) (Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A late 19th-century inventor must contend with competitors and the need to find investors for his projects.
It's the late 19th century and Nikola Tesla (ETHAN HAWKE) is an immigrant who's now in America working for legendary inventor Thomas Edison (KYLE MacLACHLAN). But he's getting nowhere with his brilliant ideas -- that are supported by his friend Anital Szigeti (EBON MOSS-BACHRACH) -- and Nikola and Edison soon part ways. Tesla ends up in an arrangement with another businessman, George Westinghouse (JIM GAFFIGAN), resulting in an electrical distribution showdown between Edison's support of the direct current model vs. Tesla's alternating current one.
But Edison has powerful allies in the likes of investor J.P. Morgan (DONNIE KESHAWARZ), although that man's adult daughter, Anne (EVE HEWSON), takes a liking to Nikola, and arranges for an investment in his work. But she longs for something more with the inventor, all while contending with famous French actress Sarah Bernhardt (REBECCA DAYAN) also seemingly having her eyes on the man. As all of that transpires, Tesla keeps his eyes on his various goals.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're interested in the real-life man or are fans of anyone in the cast, it doesn't seem that likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some thematic material and nude images.
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