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There Will Be Blood 2007

At the end of the 19th century Daniel Plainview realises wealth lies in oil. Driven by a need to see competitors fail he heads to a California town to exploit the landowners. As his empire grows so does his obsession with power. A ruthless and violent chain of events follows as he fails to deliver on his promises.

Starring:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin Stringer
Runtime:
2 hours, 31 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure, Historical
Director Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin Stringer
Supporting actors Matthew Braden Stringer, Jacob Stringer, Joseph Mussey, Barry Del Sherman, Harrison Taylor, Stockton Taylor, Paul F. Tompkins, Dillon Freasier, Kevin Breznahan, Jim Meskimen, Erica Sullivan, Randall Carver, Coco Leigh, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Sydney McCallister, David Willis, Christine Olejniczak
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format: DVD
DANIEL-DAY LEWIS! DANIEL-DAY LEWIS!
There's your review, now go see in my honest opinion THE best performance of all time in cinema history. A pretty bold statement, but my goodness, the fearless acting in this superb movie is unmatched. I've never seen anything like it and I consider myself a movie buff who've seen quite a damn lot in my 40-odd years on this planet.
Yes, Bobby de Niro in Taxi Driver, Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, there are many brilliant performances out there, but this is positively acting of a satanic calibre.
The definite peak of his astonishing career (until now). He's like a king cobra who hypnotises the audience, you can't take your eyes off him.
The movie itself, by Paul Thomas Anderson, is undeniably awesome itself and goes places other movies won't even dare. The totally bonkers ending, which feels somewhat seperate in tone from the rest of the movie, and not everyone will like, blew me away and raised goosebumps on my goosebumps. Paul Dano does pretty darn well against the sound and fury of Lewis's presence and acts as counterpoint to his insanity.
To me personally, no matter in what category video outlets place the cover box, this is a HORROR movie, something Anderson possibly alludes to with the opening snatch of music before the mostly dialogue-less beginning which definitely sounds like it belongs in one.
A horror movie inspires horror and dread in a viewer, and my goodness, this movie does, in spades. No monsters, creatures, serial-killers or supernatural shenanigans, just good ol' nasty capitalism and greed personified by Daniel Day-Lewis who, in my interpretation, is playing the Devil himself.
A bona-fide masterpiece!
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
I can see this being a Marmite film but I really enjoyed it. It has a classic clash between Mammon and God; and the ability of a man to use rage to build something great and then to find the cost of that building. Based on a novel by that great teller of social tales - Upton Sinclair - the plot is tight if depressing and the location and camera work at times brutal and at others lyrical. Day-Lewis is a hard act to go up against but the preacher Paul Dano makes a game fight in rounds five to eight. There is no happy ending and not a great deal of violence but there is a lot of passion.
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By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2009
Format: DVD
Written, directed and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights) this is loosely based on the 1927 Upton Sinclair novel entitled Oil! and was nominated for Best Film at the 2008 Academy Awards. It tells the story of a silver-miner-turned-oil-man on a ruthless quest for wealth during Southern California's oil boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The only leading characters of note are Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano.

When Day-Lewis acts like this it's sometimes distracting because he is, of course, so very good at playing larger-than-life characters. Although this is effectively a biopic of a rather repellent oil prospector, therefore the lead character can make or break the film, in this case Day-Lewis almost IS the film. Take him out of it and you're left with a mildly interesting history lesson of the rough and dangerous early years of oil drilling in the USA. But turn it inside out and put the background story to one side instead, you have a remarkable study of a man so consumed by his hatred of everyone and everything (and probably himself too) that it makes for almost uncomfortable viewing, making you want to turn away in disgust while being glued to the screen at all times. It's no wonder that he collected an Oscar as Best Leading Actor; when he's in this kind of form he is king, there is no-one to compare him with. From an early stage it becomes clear that Daniel Plainview is on a self-destruct mission, whether he is conscious of that or not is open to debate but there is really very little about him to like, or even respect.
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Format: DVD
Fortunately I received the 2 disc edition as a present, otherwise I would have appreciated reading this first, since the 2 disc edition is still currently more expensive. It is a great film, but you do not get any insights into the making of the film whatsoever from the "bonus disc"

The second disc itself is only 1/2 hour long. Fifteen minutes is made up of a series of old photographs and film footage set to music. The rest consists of two trailers (why watch a trailer when you have seen the film?) and about 3 deleted scenes. There is also an old silent movie reel documentary about petroleum.

No directors commentary, no "making of", no insights into the actors, characters, sets, script. This was merely the studio stuffing a few spare feet of film onto the DVD in order to sell a 2 disc edition. Disappointing and taking advantage of the very fans who make the film a success.
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There have been many peaks, and a few troughs, in Daniel Day Lewis's career, but his portrayal of an intense, brooding cow-eyed oil prospector at the turn of the last century must rank as one of his finest. For three hours, he holds our attention through a complex tale of fatherhood, religion, greed and obsession. His lack of lust is a strange counterfoil to the deep passions he shows in other areas of his life - his protectiveness towards children, his loathing of religious hypocrisy, and his yearning for a real family. His inability to adapt to the changing world brought about by industrialistion, and his bitterness at the betrayals in his life, lead to his inevitable and painful ruin. Alcohol plays a part in this downfall, of course, but it is his fondness for milkshakes that this viewer will remember him by ...
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