Tesla

Tesla

Tesla

Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke is Nikola Tesla, inventor of technological marvels, in this unconventional biopic from director Michael Almereyda (Experimenter). Co-starring Eve Hewson (2018's Robin Hood) and Golden Globe winner Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks), Almereyda places laptops and smartphones in the hands of characters surrounding Tesla to help tell his story in a unique way.

Brilliant, visionary Nikola Tesla (Hawke) fights an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition, then faces thornier challenges with his new system for worldwide wireless energy. The film tracks Tesla’s uneasy interactions with his fellow inventor Thomas Edison (MacLachlan) and his patron George Westinghouse (Jim Gaffigan). Another thread traces Tesla’s sidewinding courtship of financial titan J.P. Morgan (Donnie Keshawarz), whose daughter Anne (Hewson) takes a more than casual interest in the inventor. Anne analyzes and presents the story as it unfolds, offering a distinctly modern voice to this scientific period drama which, like its subject, defies convention.

2020102 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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Tesla proves to be a completely liberated biopic, so much so that it's out of reach.

CNN

CNN

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[Tesla is not] especially memorable, which is too bad, squandering... Ethan Hawke, very intense and brooding as Nikola Tesla.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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In Michael Almereyda's postmodern biopic of Nicola Tesla, a mesmerizing Ethan Hawke plays the late Serbian inventor who lit the spark for our own wireless world. It's an exhilarating film that roams as free as Tesla's imagination.

Variety

Variety

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Almereyda lays tracks to take Tesla in a dozen wild directions. . . . Yet, having ordered the audience onboard, Almereyda doesn’t go anywhere with the gambit.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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It can be a challenge to get on this movie’s frequency, but the strange signals Tesla emits are nonetheless fascinating.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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If Almereyda fails to pierce the inventor’s skin and expose his circuity, his gauzy film nevertheless has fun exploring the idea that we’re all wired differently.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The degree to which the Tesla story syncs with Almereyda's abiding fascinations is clear in every frame of this contemplative, questioning, soulfully philosophical film.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Tesla proves to be a completely liberated biopic, so much so that it's out of reach.

CNN

CNN

press

[Tesla is not] especially memorable, which is too bad, squandering... Ethan Hawke, very intense and brooding as Nikola Tesla.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

In Michael Almereyda's postmodern biopic of Nicola Tesla, a mesmerizing Ethan Hawke plays the late Serbian inventor who lit the spark for our own wireless world. It's an exhilarating film that roams as free as Tesla's imagination.

Variety

Variety

press

Almereyda lays tracks to take Tesla in a dozen wild directions. . . . Yet, having ordered the audience onboard, Almereyda doesn’t go anywhere with the gambit.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

It can be a challenge to get on this movie’s frequency, but the strange signals Tesla emits are nonetheless fascinating.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

If Almereyda fails to pierce the inventor’s skin and expose his circuity, his gauzy film nevertheless has fun exploring the idea that we’re all wired differently.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The degree to which the Tesla story syncs with Almereyda's abiding fascinations is clear in every frame of this contemplative, questioning, soulfully philosophical film.

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