Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds
On the frontier of California's turn-of-the-century petroleum boom, Daniel Plainview 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., 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, 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.
Daniel Plainview is an absolutely selfish man that only cares for money. Starting out watching this movie, you really do not know how to feel about the characters, until the movie really starts to get going then you discover that most of these characters are no good.
The cast for this movie was incredible. Daniel Day-Lewis never disappoints in any movie. He really does become the character. You no longer see him, you see that character. The rest of the cast works so well with one another. The entire casts makes the viewer seem like they are watching more of a documentary than a movie.
Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the best directors these days. Most of his movies stand out and are rarely forgotten. He has an eye for the realness in how people really are, and not how we perceive them in our heads.
I liked this movie. It is well made and very interesting. The only thing about the movie is it is a bit slow, but most dramatic movies are slower movies. Most of Anderson's movies are slow, but you need to stay with them to really understand and like them. Enjoy.
There Will Be Blood (2007) Trailer