Saturday, April 19, 2008

There Will Be Blood (2007) - 4 Stars

This movie takes place in California during the turn-of-the-century oil discover. It's not a pretty movie filmed in a sort of monochromatic state where everything sorts of blends in together. Blood and oil both look the same (which I guess is the point). Even the tinny music that plays in the background sort of annoyed me completely however after watching the movie, I think it was supposed to.

Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), is struggling to make ends meet, working in a deep hole below ground searching for silver and or gold. A self induced explosion ends up injuring him and he literally has to crawl out of a deep hole with a broken leg. But with his son H.W. (Dillon Freasier) by his side, he becomes his own self-made oil tycoon. Daniel gets wind of a small California town of Little Boston that has oil oozing out of the ground. He and H.W. travel there and persuade the property owners to allow them to drill for oil on the land, promising rewards to the owners. He convinces them he's a family man and the only one that has the equipment and training to be able to get the oil from their land.

He clashes heads with Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), a teenage preacher in this small town whom the people look up to and believe in. As the town strikes it rich, Eli, H.W. and Daniel will all come to terms with their holy maker, greed and even the bond between father and son will be imperiled by the flow of corruption, deception and oil.

Awards are numerous and include:

2007 - There Will Be Blood - Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
2007 - There Will Be Blood - Academy - Best Cinematography (along with many other awards).
2007 - There Will Be Blood - British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Actor

Paramount Vantage
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Producers:Joanne Sellar, Scott Rudin, Paul Thomas Anderson
I viewed 4/08

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