Nope, it’s not a movie about Elon Musk’s car company but rather a biopic-of-sorts on Nikola Telsa, the 19th century electrical engineering genius who invented alternating current.

Tesla recently popped up in The Current War and a Doctor Who episode but here takes centre stage, smoothly played by Ethan Hawke. Kyle MacLachlan is also nicely cast as his competitor, Thomas Edison, who is pushing his own direct current model while condemning Tesla’s discovery as impractical and dangerous. While this might sound a bit stuffy, director Michael Almereyda invests the film with a quirky arthouse sensibility that makes it compelling viewing for those on the right wavelength.

Release Date: February 3, 2021
Format: DVD
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Eve Hewson

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