A sprawling epic of family, faith, power and oil, THERE WILL BE BLOOD is set on the incendiary frontier of California’s turn-of-the-century petroleum boom. The story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), who transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner raising a son on his own into a self-made oil tycoon. When Plainview gets a mysterious tip-off that there’s a little town out West where an ocean of oil is oozing out of the ground, he heads with his son, H.W. (Dillon Freasier), to take their chances in dust-worn Little Boston. In this hardscrabble town, where the main excitement centers around the holy roller church of charismatic preacher Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), Plainview and H.W. make their lucky strike. But even as the well raises all of their fortunes, nothing will remain the same as conflicts escalate and every human value – love, hope, community, belief, ambition and even the bond between father and son – is imperiled by corruption, deception and the flow of oil.
There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance.. Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. However, local preacher Eli Sunday suspects Plainviews motives and intentions, starting a slow-burning feud that threatens both their lives.. There Will Be Blood Wiki
If you don’t like slow burn movies with not a lot of action this isn’t for you. This film relies on atmosphere, cinematography and Daniel Day Lewis’s jaw dropping performance to tell a great story.
You see the reasons below why this movie is so good, so powerful. It stays with you. It even shows new versions of yourself with repeated viewings over the years. The power of cinema is fully displayed with this film.
A perfect movie.
As a strong Christian, the only reason this movie is not blasphemous to me is because to me it's not a statement about God not existing it's a story about a false prophet who shames people while being a complete liar and a man who became incredibly successful but in the end, lost his mind because he only cared about money and alcohol. The greatest acting all around ever
This film is a masterpiece. Nothing more to say. Buy it NOW!
Paul Thomas Anderson has crafted something so beautiful on a grand, American canvas. Many point to Daniel Day-Lewis' pitch perfect performance as the key to the film's success, but I tend to disagree. The reason for this film's success is P.T. Anderson's tightly-wound direction paired with the gorgeous cinematography. This thing is as tight as a banjo string, without an ounce of fat. The filmmaking on display here is nothing shy of perfect, and nothing feels out of place. That's a feat that isn't easy, but he makes it look so easy that it's difficult to comprehend. The beauty of this film's story is that Anderson doesn't presume to make the moral decisions for the audience. In most films, the audience is told who the protagonist and antagonist is by dialogue and circumstances, but there's none of that here. Anderson doesn't make moral judgement calls, but rather he simply unfolds the story before the audience, and allows the audience to make that call by their own understanding and comprehension of the characters. It's a film that rides solely on the audience's interpretation. In the grand history of American cinema there are only a few perfect films: Francis Ford Coppola's THE GODFATHER, Martin Scorsese's RAGING BULL, Steven Spielberg's JAWS, Michael Curtiz's CASABLANCA, Alfred Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW, and Paul Thomas Anderson's THERE WILL BE BLOOD. This is a perfect film from top to bottom, with which Anderson changed the way that I look at visual storytelling.
I read the book first, so I didn’t like this film version at all. Lewis’ character is far more sinister and has none of the subtly or “oily" charm of his character in the book. I attributed this to inexcusable overacting. His son is nothing more than a footnote in the movie and an important (and compelling) character in the book. This movie suffers from the same weakness of most modern films: two-dimensional character development. The writers think characters have to be made really good or really bad because audiences are too stupid to know who is who.
This is the only review I have written, and am doing so only because of how horrible this movie was. Just a long, monotonous, absolute piece of garbage. SO boring, and I don’t understand what the point of this movie was, the plot was all over the place and completely random. God awful movie, I want my money back. Actually worse than watching paint dry—no exaggeration.
While this movie is long it keeps the audience interested, it succeeds in telling the "interesting" story of the life of an oil man (Day-Lewis) as he faces against religious fanatics and rival companies. It definitely a love or hate movie. At the very least worth a rent. But personally one of my favorites.
Those who rated this film 1 star are the very same people who have never experienced a deep thought or culture in their lives ever. What is seen is the true metamorphosis of a man to a capitalist tyrant who is no longer human.
Daniel Day Lewis must be a brilliant actor. He almost convinced me he understood this pretentious piece of incomprehensible twaddle. Don't bother.It's a film only a critic could love.
"There Will Be Blood" is an old fashioned, no CGI required film that relies only on a great story and excellent acting.
Must-see Masterpiece. Such a brilliant film. Mesmerizing, haunting, fascinating...Hats off for Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano.
Great movie, well acted, worth watching, Im not to sure why people gave it a bad review?? Best movie of 2008, Cheers
One of the best movies of 2008!!! Daniel Day Lewis gives one of the best performances of the year, and maybe of all time!!
Great movie. Strong story and great craftsmanship from all the aspects of the film. Daniel Day Lewis is spellbinding and offers the best performance I've ever seen. All of this guided by the brilliant Paul Thomas Anderson who’s, in my opinion, on another level when it comes to filmmaking. You owe it to yourself to give this movie a chance and trust me you won't be disappointed.
this movie is absoulutley worth every penny the only bad thing about itt was that it made the dark knight look bad
Nothing really happens in this sweeping and cinematic movie. Its kind of like No Country For Old Men but without any real real story or climax. There is some pedantic central casting plot about man of oil vs man of God but in the end some good acting is wasted on a meaningless film.
Painfully boring, couldn't finish it.
The movie follows the life of Daniel Plainview; a self-determined, intelligent, and principled man who is motivated by his hatred for hypocritical and flawed people. Plainview, who mentions starting out in geology, turns to gold digging and eventually ends up in the oil drilling business at around the turn of the century. As he tirelessly builds his empire -- detractors present themselves along the way -- all with their hand out asking for a piece of Plainview’s growing pot of money. The movie features an excellent story, beautiful cinematography, and oscar-worthy acting. It is an epic movie, which is worth the price of admission.