There Will Be Blood

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Paramount Vantage, Miramax Films and Ghoulardi Film Company Released 2007

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Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
There Will Be Blood is the epic, loose adaptation of Upton Sinclair's tome Oil!, written and directed by filmmaking visionary Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, Magnolia). Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis, My Left Foot, Gangs of New York, The Age of Innocence, Last of the Mohicans) is an undeniable oil man who, along with his son and partner little H.W. Plainview, travel olden California in search of oil reserves to plum. Plainview is single minded in his obsession and will exhaust all ends to meet his goals. When he is approached by Paul Sunday (Paul Dano, Where the Wild Things Are) of the Little Boston Sunday Family, with an offer to come and mine the oil reserves on the their land, Plainview and company strike out to obtain the crude and from then on it's a moral and political struggle between Daniel and enigmatic town preacher Eli Sunday (Dano) as the wells' yield influence and corrupt the two men and everything they stand for.moreless

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  • 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The film is above all a consummate work of art, one that transcends the historically fraught context of its making, and its pleasures are unapologetically aesthetic. It reveals, ex...

  • 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Boldly and magnificently strange, There Will Be Blood marks a significant departure in the work of Paul Thomas Anderson.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It's important to remember that Sinclair was as much a committed socialist as a novelist, someone who probably wrote for political purpose more than for dramatic effect. So while D...

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Crime