There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

A sprawling epic about family, faith, power and oil, set on the incendiary frontier of California’s turn-of-the-century petroleum boom. Written and directed by P.T. Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights), the story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis in an Oscar-winning performance), who transforms himself into a self-made oil tycoon.

When Plainview gets a mysterious tip-off that there’s a little town out West with an ocean of oil under it, he heads with his son 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 with great fortune comes great greed and conflicts escalate. The lives of Plainview, H.W. and Eli become imperiled by corruption, deception and the flow of oil.

Best Lead Actor (Day-Lewis) at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and SAG Awards in 2008
2008Rating: R13, Violence and Content May Disturb158 minsUSA
DramaWestern
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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, excites, disturbs, provokes, but the window it opens is to human consciousness itself.

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Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

Truth be told - and this is a film about truth-telling, among other things - this is where Daniel Day-Lewis finds a character large enough for his enormous acting talent.

5.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

This is also, and profoundly, a moviemaker's film: particularly in the sequences of work, in which blood and sweat and sweet crude mix and no one speaks, it is pure retina-searing cinema. Enthralling.

5.0
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Newshub

Newshub

press

The thing about There Will Be Blood is you can admire its creation, its crafting and its worth... but you might not enjoy doing it. I can certainly see this film's worth - I just didn't enjoy it.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

press

This may be an extremely bold statement to make, but there hasn’t been such an amazing character study in film since “Citizen Kane.” I honestly can’t praise it enough. From the opening to the ghastly ending, this film will sit in the depths of your stomach for some time to come.

5.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Uncompromising, intelligent and searing cinema. Along with The Assassination Of Jesse James... and No Country For Old Men, this is the best batch of Western-set dramas in decades. John Huston would have been proud.

5.0
0

Paul Thomas Anderson delivers what is quite simply a masterpiece of cinema. Breathtaking cinematography, acting, script, design and a powerhouse central performance by Daniel Day Lewis. If you loved Anderson's 'Hard Eight,' 'Boogie Nights,' and 'Magnolia' - you ain't seen nothing yet! Anderson snatches away Scorcese's crown as America's greatest living film...

5.0
0

Found it a little boring personally

3.0
0

The key moments in the movie are all unassuming. For example, Plainview knows that he will have to confront a major character well before we see him act openly. We can see the undercurrent well before the fight but it is not until the end that we find out why. Likewise with his long lost brother. Everything turns on small, easily missed pivots. That is the...

4.0
0

Once upon a time in the oil industry... it does not sound to good for a movie as politics does not go well with entertainment especially at the pump. But after all, the movie is pretty good, the picture is great, the solitude and dryness of the landscape add to the drama and the story is brilliantly delivered by the actors. Lewis acting is quite stunning in...

4.0
0

the "Flicks" review below does a good job in covering the bases. The more I think about this movie, the more it unleashes it's impact on me.

4.0
0

Daniel Day Lewis turns nasty in this film. Starts off well and ends badly. This is what money can do do you. Self possessed and indulgent. No feeling for the world. A brilliant piece of cinema that is not really for the faint hearted. He well deserved the awards for his performance

5.0
0

I agree with the reviewers ....stunning with few flaws ...but my God the soundtrack (music)...has there ever been anything more grating and annoying...I can rationalize that the whining and discordant sounds reinforced the troubled angst of the characters and conflicting needs but it was so emotionally difficult to listen to that I considered leaving the...

4.0
0

Like Antony Minghella, PT Anderson is continually going above and beyond with his preternatural technique as a filmmaker, crafting undeniable touchstones for high-quality modern cinema in the process. And like Antony Minghella, it invariably leaves me cold. Obviously there's some remarkable thematic back-and-forth going on, and the film's technical...

4.0
0

A massive film. Recommended for its bent story and direction, and the great performances from not only Day-Lewis byt Paul Dano and the little boy.

5.0
0

I comepleteley agree with the Flicks review It is truly a Brilliant and stirring film. Wonderfully strange and filmic An instant classic A must for film lovers

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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, excites, disturbs, provokes, but the window it opens is to human consciousness itself.

0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

Truth be told - and this is a film about truth-telling, among other things - this is where Daniel Day-Lewis finds a character large enough for his enormous acting talent.

5.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

This is also, and profoundly, a moviemaker's film: particularly in the sequences of work, in which blood and sweat and sweet crude mix and no one speaks, it is pure retina-searing cinema. Enthralling.

5.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The thing about There Will Be Blood is you can admire its creation, its crafting and its worth... but you might not enjoy doing it. I can certainly see this film's worth - I just didn't enjoy it.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

This may be an extremely bold statement to make, but there hasn’t been such an amazing character study in film since “Citizen Kane.” I honestly can’t praise it enough. From the opening to the ghastly ending, this film will sit in the depths of your stomach for some time to come.

5.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Uncompromising, intelligent and searing cinema. Along with The Assassination Of Jesse James... and No Country For Old Men, this is the best batch of Western-set dramas in decades. John Huston would have been proud.

5.0
0

Paul Thomas Anderson delivers what is quite simply a masterpiece of cinema. Breathtaking cinematography, acting, script, design and a powerhouse central performance by Daniel Day Lewis. If you loved Anderson's 'Hard Eight,' 'Boogie Nights,' and 'Magnolia' - you ain't seen nothing yet! Anderson snatches away Scorcese's crown as America's greatest living...

5.0
0

Found it a little boring personally

3.0
0

The key moments in the movie are all unassuming. For example, Plainview knows that he will have to confront a major character well before we see him act openly. We can see the undercurrent well before the fight but it is not until the end that we find out why. Likewise with his long lost brother. Everything turns on small, easily missed pivots. That is...

4.0
0

Once upon a time in the oil industry... it does not sound to good for a movie as politics does not go well with entertainment especially at the pump. But after all, the movie is pretty good, the picture is great, the solitude and dryness of the landscape add to the drama and the story is brilliantly delivered by the actors. Lewis acting is quite stunning...

4.0
0

the "Flicks" review below does a good job in covering the bases. The more I think about this movie, the more it unleashes it's impact on me.

4.0
0

Daniel Day Lewis turns nasty in this film. Starts off well and ends badly. This is what money can do do you. Self possessed and indulgent. No feeling for the world. A brilliant piece of cinema that is not really for the faint hearted. He well deserved the awards for his performance

5.0
0

I agree with the reviewers ....stunning with few flaws ...but my God the soundtrack (music)...has there ever been anything more grating and annoying...I can rationalize that the whining and discordant sounds reinforced the troubled angst of the characters and conflicting needs but it was so emotionally difficult to listen to that I considered leaving the...

4.0
0

Like Antony Minghella, PT Anderson is continually going above and beyond with his preternatural technique as a filmmaker, crafting undeniable touchstones for high-quality modern cinema in the process. And like Antony Minghella, it invariably leaves me cold. Obviously there's some remarkable thematic back-and-forth going on, and the film's technical...

4.0
0

A massive film. Recommended for its bent story and direction, and the great performances from not only Day-Lewis byt Paul Dano and the little boy.

5.0
0

I comepleteley agree with the Flicks review It is truly a Brilliant and stirring film. Wonderfully strange and filmic An instant classic A must for film lovers

5.0
0