There Will Be Blood

I guess 2008 was the year of the nouveau western, since this movie ended up losing the Oscar race for best picture to No country for old men. Daniel Day-Lewis however, in one of his trademark intense performances, still walked out with a well deserved best actor statue, and PTA strikes again with this spectacular masterclass in epic movie-making. Unusual, possibly, but memorable, certainly.

Release Date
December 2007
2 h 38 min
Paul Thomas Anderson
Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Dillon Freasier, Ciarán Hinds, Kevin J. O'Connor, Hope Elizabeth Reeves, Colleen Foy, Barry Del Sherman, David Willis, Hans Howes, Sydney McCallister, Paul F. Tompkins, Kevin Breznahan, Jim Meskimen, Erica Sullivan, Randall Carver, James Downey, David Warshofsky, Charles Thomas Doyle, Russell Harvard, Mary Elizabeth Barrett, Brad Carr, Rhonda Reeves, Beau Smith
When ruthless oil prospector, Daniel Plainview learns of oil-rich land in California that can be bought cheaply, he moves his operation there and begins manipulating and exploiting the local landowners into selling him their property. Using his young adopted son to project the image of a caring family man, Plainview gains the cooperation of almost all the locals with lofty promises to build schools and cultivate the land to make their community flourish. Over time, Plainview's gradual accumulation of wealth and power causes his true self to surface, and he begins to slowly alienate himself from everyone in his life.

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